WINE TRAVEL: PETRA

The last winery of the trip our Wine Educator Vittoria had this August was Petra. Founded in 1997, the Petra estate lies close to the ancient village of Suvereto, Tuscany. Their vineyards are planted on the hills of Val di Corina, therefore Petra has the soul of Tuscan Maremma and the spirit of ancient times. […]

WINE TRAVEL: Tenuta Tignanello

The next estate that our teacher visited this August was Tenuta Tignanello. The estate is in the heart of Chianti Classico, in the hillsides between the Greve and Pesa river valleys. The estate’s prized vineyards lie on soils that originated from marine marlston, rich in limestone and schist. The winery produces three red wines, which […]

WINE TRAVEL: ORNELLAIA

The second winery that our teacher Vittoria visited in Tuscany was Ornellaia. The estate was founded in 1981 by Marchese Lodovico Antinori, with the first vintage in 1985. Today, it is particularly known for making one of Italy’s most famous and expensive wines, which shares the same name. This Bordeaux-style blend is one of the […]

WINE TRAVEL: CAIAROSSA

This August, our Wine Educator Vittoria visited a few Tuscan wineries. The first winery of this wonderful trip was Caiarossa. The estate situated to the southeast of the city of Pisa was founded in 1998, and since then followed the principles of biodynamic agriculture. In 2004 the estate was bought by Eric Albada Jelgersma, a […]

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 TRAVEL: EXPLORING VINHO VERDE, PORTUGAL

Vinho Verde is the biggest DOC of Portugal, up in the cool, rainy north-west. The vines grow in fertile, granite soils along rivers that flow from the mountains of the east to burst out into the Atlantic Ocean. Cool, wet weather always makes ripening more difficult here, but the climatic problems were long compounded in […]

WINE TRAVEL: EXPLORING DOURO, PORTUGAL

The Douro is a Portuguese wine region centred on the Douro River and stretches from the Marao Mountains to the frontier with Spain. The vineyard area has a warm continental climate as a result of being shielded from the cooling Atlantic winds by the mountains. Wine production in the Douro is dominated by Port, but […]

WINE TRAVEL: EXPLORING SAN JUAN, ARGENTINA

San Juan is Argentina’s second-largest wine region after Mendoza, with 17% of the total area planted in the country. It sits between Mendoza and La Rioja, and is almost entirely contained within the mountainous foothills of the Andes. The San Juan region is predominantly semi-desert, and its viticulture is dependent on irrigation from the San Juan […]

WINE TRAVEL: EXPLORING BORDEAUX, FRANCE

Bordeaux is the largest wine region in France, in terms of volume and value. Many of the most prestigious fine wines are produced there. Bordeaux’s climate is moderated by its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the presence of the various rivers (the Dordogne, the Garonne and the Gironde Estuary). The warm ocean current extends […]

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 […]