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, […]
What is Tempranillo wine? Great terroir may influence a regional wine style’s nuances, but it is the raw materials that enable the magic to happen. Fortunately, Spain has both. The Iberian Peninsula boasts some of the most varied and complex terroir in Europe, supported by an eclectic palate of internationally renowned grape varieties. The most […]
What is the rarest wine in the world? Grape Varieties continue to play an essential role in the wine’s language, which is why ‘varietal labeling’ has become so common. We could even say that the shift of emphasis from place to grape has been the most significant factor in making wine accessible to the curious […]
What is the most famous grape of Piedmont? Piedmont and Nebbiolo. The two are as inseparable as Burgundy and Pinot Noir; a noble and longstanding marriage between grape variety and terroir. Planted across the Langhe hills to the south and east of the river Tanaro, Nebbiolo is grown to perfection by the best producers, who […]
What makes a wine region like Bordeaux truly exceptional? It takes an ensemble of different elements – namely outstanding terroir, winemaking, and historical pedigree – bound together in perfection, to forge something far greater than the sum of their parts. However, for all that, regions such as Bordeaux would be nothing, or indeed taste very […]
Portuguese Grape Varieties The diversity of grape varieties in Portugal is incredible, especially considering the relatively small area under vine. There are over 250 native grape varieties, many international ones increasingly being vinified here, and very successfully. The almost infinite choice of varietals, along with the differentiating terroir, results in fabulously versatile wines that are […]
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