GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON VIDAL BLANC

Vidal Blanc, a cross between Ugni blanc and Rayon d’Or, is a hardy, thick-skinned white grape variety. Created by Jean-Louis Vidal in France during the 1930’s, Vidal Blanc can be used to produce both dry and sweet wines. It’s a very versatile grape – it can be aged in wood, left on the vine for […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON CARRICANTE

Carricante is an Italian white wine grape variety planted primarily in Sicily. Carricante has been growing on the slopes around the ancient stratovolcano Mt. Etna for centuries. This late-ripening vine is the main variety used in the Etna DOC. Etna’s volcanic soils and altitude infuse Carricante with racy minerality, pure aromas of lemon, and a […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON Müller-Thurgau

Müller-Thurgau, a white wine grape variety, is a cross between Riesling and Madeleine Royale created in 1882 by Swiss botanist Hermann Muller (from the canton of Thurgau). The intention was to combine the intensity and complexity of the Riesling grape with the ability to ripen earlier that the Silvaner grape possesses. Although the resulting grape […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON WELSCHRIESLING

Welschriesling is a white wine grape variety grown throughout central and eastern Europe. The variety is relatively easy to grow, although it has a preference for dry climates and warm soils. In warmer climates Welschriesling is productive and has its characteristic high acidity, which mostly results in a light, fairly neutral wine. In the warm, […]

GRAPE VARIETY:​ FOCUS ON VERDICCHIO

Verdicchio is a white wine grape variety cultivated primarily in the Marche region of central Italy. It grows best in well drained soils of sand and limestone, has high acidity and typically a delicate bouquet. Marche has two DOC titles for Verdicchio wines: Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and Verdicchio di Matelica. Verdicchio is a […]

GRAPE VARIETY:​ FOCUS ON RIESLING

Riesling is an aromatic white wine grape variety of German origin. Riesling grape is characterized by its green skin, round shape, and moderate size. The flavour and sweetness or dryness of Riesling depending on the climate, vineyard location and soil, and production methods. It’s grown in Germany, France, Austria, Australia, New Zealand, The U.S. and […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON XINOMAVRO

Xinomavro is perhaps the most important and dynamic Greek black grape variety. The name Xinomavro translates to “acid black”, a reasonably appropriate name given the dark colour and the elevated acidity levels of this grape. Widely planted in central and northern Greece, Xinomavro produces extremely multifaceted, powerful red wines with great ageing potential, original style […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON SAVAGNIN BLANC

Savagnin Blanc is an ancient white wine grape grown almost exclusively in the Jura in eastern France. This variety ripens very late, and may be picked even in December. Small-berried, thick-skinned Savagnin has been cultivated in France for at least 900 years. And today much known for two of France’s most idiosyncratic wines, the “sherry-like” […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON TEROLDEGO

Teroldego is a dark skinned grape variety grown primarily in the Trentino wine region of northern Italy, where it has been cultivated for hundreds of years. It performs best in the Campo Rotaliano plain north of Trento in the heart of the Trentino, on the flat sandy land between the mountains. It is a relatively […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON ZINFANDEL

Zinfandel, also known as Primitivo, is a black-skinned grape variety widely cultivated in California. It arrived in the USA from Europe in the mid-19th century and found its true home there. The State is perfect for growing this grape with warm, dry summers, cool nights, well-drained volcanic soils and all the rain coming in the […]