WINE TRAVEL: Exploring Baden, Germany

Baden is the southernmost and third-largest wine region in Germany. Baden’s climate is warm, with plenty of sunshine, unlike that of any other German wine region, and so the grapes develop differently. Baden is the only German wine region climatically comparable to France’s Loire Valley and Alsace. Baden has many different soil types, ranging from […]

WINE TRAVEL: Exploring Burgenland, Austria

Burgenland is an Austrian wine-producing region located in the easternmost part of the country and  known for producing some of the richest and most full-bodied red wines in Austria. The primary grape varieties here are Blaufrankisch and Zweigelt.  The geography of Burgenland is noteworthy. It is located on the famous Pannonian Plain in Central Europe. […]

WINE TRAVEL: Pinot Noir from Patagonia, Argentina

Patagonia is Argentina’s wine region. As a desert region with its cool, dry climate, it’s well suited to 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 classic desert climate of warm days and cold nights extends the growing […]

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: Exploring The Finger Lakes AVA, New York State

The Finger Lakes AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in Upstate New York. It’s centred  around four main lakes: Canandiauga, Keuka, Seneca and Cayuga, each of them boasts of its own unique viticulture characteristics lending to unique flavour profiles. The deep lakes help to moderate the local microclimate. Stored heat is released from the […]

WINE TRAVEL: Rosazzo wines from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Rosazzo DOCG is a white wine produced in a small area in Friuli-Venezia Giulia, northeastern Italy. The appellation was created in 2011 from the Rosazzo subzone which was part of the appellation Colli Orientali del Friuli DOC. The territory of the appellation develops on a hilly area, characterized by having a friable and not very […]

WINE TRAVEL: Exploring Jura region, France

Jura is a small wine region in eastern France, between Burgundy and Switzerland. Jura’s isolation has contributed to its “weird” winemaking styles, the wines of the region are unusual, distinctive, and completely different from wines made anywhere else in the world. Jura is one of the smallest wine regions in France, the vineyards cover just […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]