Introduction to Red Wines of Spain Spain’s viticultural landscape is anchored in both tradition and modernity. Vines have been cultivated since Roman times, and the nation has more vineyards than any global wine producer. As a result, cold winters and hot summers can easily ripen a broad palate of red varieties, often cultivated according to […]
Home to the picturesque Amalfi Coast and mainland Europe’s only active volcano, Campania boasts a vibrant food scene as swoon-worthy as its breathtaking landscapes. The region rests below Rome and was once an integral piece of the Roman Empire. Historically, the Romans turned to the fertile, nutrient-rich pasturelands of Campania, along with the coastal fishing […]
Located in southeast Italy, Puglia is an ideal destination for travelers and foodies alike. The region encompasses the heel of Italy’s boot and is one of the country’s least mountainous areas. Consequently, Apulian terrain is ideal for agriculture, and the region is especially renowned for its olive oil production. Puglia also has the largest coastline […]
Every year travelers flock to the Veneto to visit the region’s world-famous capital, Venice. A city built on the Venetian Lagoon, Venice is a worthwhile destination full of ancient history, stunning palaces, and culinary delights. Yet, travelers would be remiss not to venture beyond the renowned city to experience the spectacular landscapes and diverse Venetian […]
Over the past 15 years, Spain has been re-evaluating its viticultural priorities. At the turn of the Millennium, the Iberian Peninsula was overwhelmingly associated with one red grape variety: Tempranillo. Easy to love and capable of producing structured and silky wine, Tempranillo is still responsible for a large percentage of Spain’s premium wine exports. Moreover, […]
As the second-largest island in the Mediterranean behind Sicily, Sardinia is a top destination for intrepid travelers. The island beckons beachgoers from around the world with its crystalline blue waters and sun-soaked beaches. While Sardinia’s rugged landscape dominated by granite and schist attracts the more adventurous traveler with trekking, climbing, and canyoning excursions. For those seeking […]
Sicily is a desirable destination for adventurous travelers, home to sun-soaked beaches, Europe’s largest active volcano, and internationally acclaimed wines. For the gastronomically inclined, Sicilian cuisine offers a vast and diverse selection of dishes. Thanks to the island’s strategic location in the Mediterranean Sea, roughly 160km northeast of Tunisia, Sicily experienced a tumultuous history. First, […]
Must-Try Foods of Emilia Romagna Nestled between Italy’s Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea, just south of the Veneto and Lombardy, sits Emilia-Romagna. This region has it all, from sun-soaked beaches on the Adriatic coast to Medieval cities and more. Besides being home to Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini, the world’s hottest sports cars, Emilia-Romagna also […]
Nestled amongst the foothills of the Alps in northwestern Italy sits Piedmont. This Italian region is famous worldwide for its highly sought-after Nebbiolo wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. Wine lovers travel from near and far to soak up the landscape of undulating hills blanketed in vineyards while savoring arguably the best Italian wines the country […]
“Garnacha is possibly Spain’s greatest red grape variety. Like Pinot Noir, it acts as a powerful conduit between the terroir and the winery. There is no other grape in Spain that transmits the characteristics of a particular site with such clarity and precision.” Ferran Centelles’ eulogy to the world’s most misunderstood grape variety could scarcely […]
What is typical Tuscan food? As a world-renowned travel destination, Tuscany has stolen the hearts of many. Located in Central Italy, idyllic landscapes of verdant hills and valleys encompass the region. Arts and culture abound in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. While some of Italy’s most famous wines come from the region’s bountiful vineyards […]
Spain’s Top Gourmet Paradores The “Paradores de Turismo de España” brand was founded in the early 20th century by Spanish King Alfonso XIII to save historical patrimony and promote tourism simultaneously. Castles, fortresses, manor homes, palaces, convents, monasteries, and other historic buildings were converted into hotels and state-run under the Parador brand. The very first […]
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