WINE TRAVEL: EXPLORING STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA

The Stellenbosch is one of the oldest and most famous wine-making regions in South Africa. And it  has long been the hub of fine wine production in the country.  The district is divided into a number of distinct wards and notable for its 50 unique types of soils. The climate is moderate to warm with […]

WINE FACT: BLENDING

Blending plays an important role in the winemaking process and can take place at any stage during this process🍷. It can help the winemaker improve consistently, enhance the balance of a wine and create a certain style. In white wine production the role of blending mainly focuses on ensuring consistency for pure aromatic varieties and […]

WINE FACT: CARBONATION

Carbonation, the cheapest method of sparkling wine production, is widely used around the world. In this method CO2 is injected into a still wine. It is mostly used to produce fruity sparkling wines from grapes with strong varietal flavours, such as Sauvignon Blanc. Willing to learn more about sparkling wine production? Sign up for our […]

WINE FACT: Sparkling wine production

There are 5 main methods to produce a sparkling wine, each resulting in a different carbonation level. The vast majority of sparkling wines in the world are produced using two methods – Traditional Method (used for Champagne) and Tank Method (used for Prosecco). Take a look at Tank Method. This sparkling wine production technique came […]

WINE FACTS: TANNINS

What are wine tannins? And how do they affect our perception of wine? Tannins are naturally occurring compounds that exist inside grape skins, seeds and stems. They are derived from the grapes used to produce the wine and add both bitterness and astringency, as well as complexity to the wine. They are most commonly found […]

WINE FACTS: SHERRY

Sherry, one of the oldest wines in the world, is a fortified wine made from white grapes that are grown near the city of Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia, Spain. Sherry is produced in a variety of styles made primarily from the Palomino grape, ranging from light versions similar to white table wines, such […]

WINE FACTS: WHOLE BUNCH FERMENTATIONS

Have you ever wondered why Beaujolais wine tastes like banana? Some Gamay and Pinot Noir-based wines are made by using carbonic or semi-carbonic maceration. As traditional fermentation, these methods also create alcohol but without any yeast. The grapes are harvested and then, instead of being crushed, the whole bunches with stems are placed in a […]

WINE FACTS: French Brandy Cognac and Armagnac

One of the most well-known types of French brandy is Cognac. It’s widely distributed and often inexpensive. But Cognac isn’t the only great French spirit out there. If you’re really looking to get into the wonderful world of French brandy you should try Armagnac. Cognac and Armagnac are both made from white wine grapes. Cognac […]

WINE FACTS: White Zinfandel

What is White Zinfandel? And why some rose lovers don’t like this wine? Zinfandel is a black grape variety widely cultivated in California, USA. It arrived in the Americas from Europe in the early years of the 19th Century, and was an immediate success in both Napa and Sonoma counties. In the USA Zinfandel has […]

WINE FACTS: GLOBAL WINE MARKET

PRODUCTIONAccording to the OIV REPORT 2019, the five biggest wine producers in the world are Italy, France, Spain, USA and Argentina. Europe is still the largest wine producing continent. Italy, France and Spain together account for 51% of world wine production, which means that half of all wines is made by these three countries. EXPORTThese […]