WINE REGION : Cafayate, Argentina

Cafayate is a wine-growing region in the northwest of Argentina, located in the widest valley of Calchaqui: one of the highest places in the world suitable for wine-growing. Known for its Torrontes and Malbec, the Calchaqui Valley surrounds Cafayate and has some of the most spectacular scenery in Argentina. Cafayate is located at 1700m above […]

WINE TRAVEL : Let’s focus on Marche, Italy

Today, let’s focus on Marche, an Italian wine-growing region. The most famous white wine of the region, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi,  which is grown in a vast area that stretches from the west facing hills west of Ancona.. Most of the vineyards are located inland on low hills sheltered by mountains. Depending on where […]

WINE TRAVEL : Focus on The Maipo Valley, Chile

In Chile, the vineyard areas are divided into 4 principal regions, themselves divided into 13 better-known Sub-regions. One of them is called The Maipo Valley. Located south of the capital, Santiago, The Maipo Valley is home to some of the country’s most prestigious wines. Described as the “Bordeaux of south America”, the rich and fruity […]

WINE TRAVEL: Pinot Noir from Patagonia, Argentina

Patagonia is Argentina’s wine region well-known for producing elegant red wines from Pinot Noir and Malbec. Vineyards are located between 300 and 500 meters above sea level in the higher lands. The dry classic desert climate of warm days and cold nights extends the growing season in the region, slowing ripening in the grapes and […]

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 […]

WINE TRAVEL: Exploring Alsace, France

Located on the border between France and Germany, Alsace stands out from other French wine regions thanks to its strong Franco-Germanic influences. The region has a truly exceptional setting for making wine. The Vosges Mountains shelter the vineyards from the winds and the lack of clouds results in sunny summer and dry autumns. The climate […]

WINE TRAVEL: White Pinot Noir from Casablanca Valley, Chile

Casablanca Valley is one of Chile’s most famous, recent and rapidly developing wine regions. It’s only 30km from the Pacific Ocean, with cool Mediterranean climate and pronounced maritime influence. Cooling ocean breezes and the icy Humboldt current bring temperatures down while morning mists provide moisture and shelter grapes from overexposure to the sun. First vineyards […]

WINE TRAVEL: Exploring Jerez de la Frontera in Andalusia, Spain

Jerez de la Frontera, the town in Andalusia, Spain, is well known for producing fortified wines, Sherry. Sherry, one of the world’s oldest wines, has a long history. Over the centuries, the drink has been influenced and helped by a number of different civilizations and cultures from the Phoenicians to the British. Sailors always brought […]

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 […]

WINE TRAVEL: Chenin Blanc from Elgin, South Africa

Elgin district is part of the Western Cape wine region of South Africa. It’s located in south-east of Cape Town and surrounded on all four sides by mountains. This unusual geography makes it ideally suited to growing high quality wine grapes. It’s the South Africa’s coolest wine region with lower average temperatures over summer and […]