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 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 […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON GRENACHE BLANC

Grenache Blanc is a popular white grape of Spanish origin. This is a very late ripening variety, which can fully ripen only in warm climate areas, where sunny weather and accumulated heat are guaranteed for a long period, particularly during the ripening period. That’s why it’s mostly grown in the valleys of the Rhone region […]

THE 3 TOP PICKS OF THE WEEKEND:​ OUTSTANDING DRY RIESLING FROM GERMANY

Riesling was born in the Rhine wine region of Germany where the first reference to the wine was made in 1435.  Nowadays, Germany is the country producing the highest concentration of world-class Rieslings. Its cool continental climate determines a slow ripening of grapes and high levels of acidity of the wines. Wines made from Riesling […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON CHENIN BLANC

Chenin Blanc is a highly acidic non-aromatic grape variety that is able to grow in a cool and hot climate such as in the Loire Valley and South Africa. The particularity of Chenin Blanc is that even within one bunch it is common for grapes to reach different levels of ripeness.  Related to its degree […]

WINE TRAVEL: THE SMALL GREEK ISLAND, SANTORINI

Since Greek and Roman times, Santorini produces wines thanks to its optimal vine-growing conditions. Located in the Aegean Sea, Santorini belongs to the Cyclades archipelago, which provides a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot temperatures, low rainfall, but high humidity during the growing season. The volcanic soil is composed of pumice stone, a stone full of […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON SANGIOVESE

Sangiovese is the dominant and most prestigious grape variety throughout the Tuscany with a high level of acidity and tannins. This famous grape is used to make some notable wines such as Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese grape is late to ripen, so it needs a warm climate, that’s why we find it widely […]