Category: Wine Regions

Oct 02

South Africa’s Wine Regions

By international standards, South Africa is a small producer: only 1.5% of global plantings; slightly over 105,000 hectares (260,000 acres). But recent years have seen significant growth, with over 140 million liters exported per year from 830 million liters produced. A producer of both whites and reds, 80% of new plantings are Shiraz, Cabernet, and …

Continue reading »

Sep 24

Germany’s Major Wine Districts

Germany has hundreds of wine festivals every year. But to provide all that fun requires an even larger amount of hard work in its justly world-famous vineyards. Baden Nowhere is that effort more evident than Baden. At the southernmost tip of Germany’s wine regions, this slender strip of land extends from Lake Constance in the …

Continue reading »

Sep 24

Wine — Chile, Olé

Blessed with a Mediterranean climate similar to France or California, Chile has the added advantage of being south of the equator. That puts their summers from November to March, allowing them to harvest wine during the off-season of many other countries. Time shifting allows them to satisfy the market when others can’t. This has served …

Continue reading »

Aug 24

Wine Regions: Alsace

Winemakers in Alsace have been active since the Roman conquest. The Alsatians themselves are a mixed French-Germanic lot, with many of the older inhabitants still speaking Alsatian, a Germanic dialect, at home. Despite living in the smallest winemaking region in France, these proud people rightfully boast of their centuries old winemaking traditions. Six thousand wine …

Continue reading »

Aug 24

Australia’s Wine Regions

Australia’s wine efforts date back to the mid-19th century, but the industry languished until about 30 years ago. Since then, the country has grown to be a world producer with a variety of highly regarded whites and reds. With climate regions similar to California, it’s not surprising that much of the product would mirror the …

Continue reading »

Aug 09

Spain’s Wine Regions

The wines of Spain, like its people, are diverse, robust, and full of life. The roots of Spanish winemaking go back thousands of years and form a proud tradition of quality. Nowhere is this more evident than in Andalusia, where sherry is the beverage of choice. A fortified wine (distilled alcohol is added before aging), …

Continue reading »

Jul 24

Wine Regions: Sicily

The winemaking tradition in sunny Sicily dates back as far as four thousand years. Over those millennia the Sicilians, named for the settlers who introduced agriculture there, have raised wine grape growing to the level of the Italian Renaissance artist. In the far west, nestled among the rugged Gibellina Mountains is their masterpiece: the Mazara …

Continue reading »

Jun 21

Wine Regions: Emilia-Romagna

Stretching from the hills of the Apennines to the banks of the Po River to the shores of the Adriatic Sea is a distinctive Italian winemaking region called: Emilia-Romagna. Famed for its cooking, the area boasts some of the most fertile plains for grape growing in Italy. The regional capital of Bologna joins the two …

Continue reading »

May 24

Wine Regions: Bordeaux

Bordeaux. The word itself says ‘wine’ to millions around the world. Many historians of the subject assure us that wine has been produced in Bordeaux since the first century AD. And given the known ability for the great Bordeaux to age gracefully, one can believe it. Located in the south west of France around the …

Continue reading »

Apr 24

Wine Regions: Burgundy

Nowhere in France is the terroir concept —a group of vineyards (or vines) from the same region that share similar soil and climate— more dearly held than Burgundy. Located in central east France, the region’s 1.6 million inhabitants endure cold Continental winters, but enjoy warm summers. A region covering 31,500 square kilometers (over 12,000 square …

Continue reading »