GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON BRACHETTO FROM PIEDMONT, ITALY

Brachetto is a black-skinned Italian wine grape variety grown predominantly in the Piedmont region, where it has been cultivated since ancient times. The Brachetto grape has regular production but not very steady due to its sensitivity to the virus. Brachetto is not normally blended with other grape varieties, and is responsible for sweet, frothy Brachetto […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON CABERNET FRANC

Cabernet Franc is a black-skinned French wine grape variety grown in most wine producing nations. The variety is most famously known as the third grape of Bordeaux and can be found in many of the world’s top Bordeaux Blend wines. It can also be vinified alone. Outside France, Cabernet Franc is grown in Italy, New […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON Hárslevelü

Hárslevelü is a native Hungarian grape variety, known for producing excellent white wines. It is the second most commonly planted grape variety in Hungary after Furmint, and makes up approximately 18% of the vines in Tokaj. Outside Hungary, Harslevelu is grown in Germany, Slovakia and a little in South Africa. The name Hárslevelű translates as […]

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 POULSARD

Poulsard is a red-skinned French grape variety that is a specialty of Arbois in northern Jura. The grape has very thin skin with low amounts of colour -phenols and produces very pale colored red wines, even with extended maceration and can be used to produce white wines. Because of this, Poulsard is often blended with […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON MONTEPULCIANO

Montepulciano is a classic, Italian grape variety. It is the second-most widely planted red grape in Italy, after Sangiovese. Montepulciano grows throughout the country, with concentrations in the central regions Abruzzo and Marche, and in Puglia and Molise, in the South. As a late-ripening grape, Montepulciano needs a sunny climate. It has thick skin, resulting […]