Sangiovese, the star of chianti
There is no denying that this long-standing Italian wine region – whose boundaries were defined aeons ago, in fact it was one of the first to do so – draws its quality and reputation from its vineyard sites, its landscapes and even its ‘dolce vita’, steeped in art and culture.
Rive, the jewels in Prosecco’s crown
This Italian sparkling wine has won over the hearts, and palates, of Europe and beyond. Its soft texture, intense aromas and creamy effervescence offer instant appeal, not to mention the ease with which it slips into cocktails.
Champagne reverts back to the fundamentals
The time when Champagne production was limited to the basic range staples that are ‘brut’, ‘demi-sec’ and rosé is long gone.
How Cava is becoming more resilient
The Spanish sparkling wine appellation has experienced incremental growth over the past few years, fuelled by its dynamic marketing strategies and competitive pricing, particularly in export markets.
Sancerre, or the true flavour of the earth
In some ways, Sancerre is a condensed version of the French concept of terroir. Its landscape is distinctive with the village clustered around the top of a hillside crowned with flint pebbles that have survived erosion for several thousands of centuries.
Portugal, a world of difference
Portugal is now very much up there in the big international league. The days when locals drank virtually all of the country’s wines, bar a few thousand hectolitres of Port – a popular tipple with the English and the French – are now long gone.
South America and its sparkling iterations
The South American wine industry is primarily represented worldwide by Argentina and Chile, which account for 80% of production. Uruguay and Brazil are also important contributors, even though Brazil exports very few of its wines.