Alicante Bouschet is a black grape variety widely cultivated since 1866 and planted mostly in Spain, Portugal and France. It is a cross of Petit Bouschet and Grenache. Alicante is a teinturier, a black grape with dark skins and flesh. In contrast, regular black wine grapes have dark skins, but clear flesh. In a blend, […]


Arinto is a white grape variety planted primarily in the wine regions surrounding Lisbon, Portugal. It produces vibrant wines with lively, refreshing acidity and gentle flavours of apple, lime and lemon. Traditionally, Arinto-based wines have a slight sparkling sensation that enhances their freshness. They can age well for over 7 or more years developing flavours […]


Tannat is a black grape variety, historically grown in Madiran, France and is now one of the most prominent grapes in Uruguay. About 25% of the vineyards in Uruguay are planted with Tannat. It is also grown in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, the USA, where it is used as a blending grape, adding colour and tannin. […]


Bonarda (Charbono) is a black grape variety with a complicated history. Originally from Savoie, eastern France, it is now mostly planted in Napa Valley, California, where it is known as Charbono, and in Argentina, where it goes by the name Bonarda. In the vineyard, Bonarda is usually one of the last varieties to be harvested, […]

WINE LEGEND: Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon 1991

Far Niente Winery was established in Napa Valley, California, in 1885 by John Benson. Today, the winery focuses on producing only the two varietal wines – Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. They have been growing and making Cabernet Sauvignon for nearly four decades, starting with the first Cabernet vintage in 1982. Their extensive experience has led […]

GRAPE VARIETY: FOCUS ON Torrontes, Argentina

Torrontes is a white grape variety grown almost exclusively in Argentina, where it is used to create fresh, aromatic wines with moderate acidity and a very smooth texture. In terms of drinkability, Torrontes wines are most similar to those made from Muscat grapes. There are three types of Torrontés: a highly aromatic Torrontés Riojano, Torrontés […]

WINE LEGEND: Vin de Constance

Vin de Constance is a piece of living history. The naturally sweet wine is made from Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains, and produced in Constantia Valley, the oldest wine region in the southern hemisphere. This legendary wine was a favorite of the courts of Europe in the 19th century, and is mentioned in the literature […]


Zweigelt is the most planted black grape variety in Austria. The crossing of St. Laurent and Blaufrankisch was created in 1922 by professor Fritz Zweigelt. From St. Laurent it gets its bright, cherry aromas and the ability to create silky, elegant wines. From Blaufrankisch it has taken a certain spiciness and good acidity. As both […]

WINE TASTING: Fine Wines from Tuscany

On Wednesday, February 26th, Eleanor Wine Academy was organizing Tuscan Wine Tasting in the newly opened Restaurant Felix, located in the city centre of Amsterdam. This time we focused on Fine Wines from western and eastern areas of Tuscany. We would like to thank the Dutch Wine professionals for sharing their views on the wines […]

WINE LEGEND: La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 1998

The La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 1998 is one of Rioja Alta’s finest wines in the 90s. This memorable Rioja with style brings out the best of the vintage. The La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 1998 is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano aged in American cask for four years. The […]