The Hunter Valley; Part 1

Dear readers, it is with a heavy heart that I announce that these next 2 Friday Focus pieces will be my final ones. After nearly 5 years with Wine Ark, I will be riding off into the sunset; however I have been assured that the Friday piece will still be around, so never fear! I…

Kremstal, Austria

One of the most recent additions to the long list of high quality wine regions of Europe is the tiny Austrian region of Kremstal, only being distinguished as a wine region in its own right separate from neighbouring Wachau in 2007. As implied in its name, Kremstal centres on the town of Krems-an-der-Donau, a historic…

Santorini, Greece

As the weather starts to cool in the southern hemisphere and the first few crisp mornings remind us winter is on the way, I decided that today was an apt time to take you on a journey to the picturesque land of never-ending summer, the Greek Islands, and more specifically to one of the most…

Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

One of our neighbours across the ditch’s oldest wine regions, Hawke’s Bay is also known as one of the highest quality regions in the New Zealand wine industry. Hidden away just under the heel of NZ’s boot in the very north-east of the country in the protected and serene bay of the same name, let’s…

Savennières, Loire Valley

Today dear readers we travel to an absolutely tiny region in the middle of the Loire Valley which produces very age-worthy and unique style of wines (for the region at least) from one of the lesser-known white grapes. Today Savennières is developing into one of France’s central learning grounds in the viticultural practices of Biodynamics,…

Morey-Saint-Denis

A small yet mighty appellation boasting 5 Grand Cru and 20 Premier Cru vineyards, Morey-Saint-Denis (MSD for short) is often overlooked by collectors who know neighbouring regions Gevrey-Chambertin to the north and Chambolle-Musigny to the south better. Those who have tried wines from this appellation (especially bottles of Grand Cru quality!) will attest that this…

Murcia, Spain

Half-way between the famed Spanish coastal cities of Malaga in the south and Valencia in the east is a small and oft-forgotten Spanish wine region called Murcia. While today it is of little consequence from a global perspective, Murcia has a colourful and interesting history, and is also one of the only regions on the…

Trentino Alto-Adige, Italy

In the very north of Italy, high up in the Alps which form the natural border between Mediterranean and central Europe exists an incredibly unique Alpine region that I only learned about recently when I met with a winemaker from here. Trentino-Alto Adige is a paradoxical region, with both bitter cold and searing heat, harsh,…

Condrieu, Northern Rhone

Today dear readers, we travel to the largest white wine-producing region in the Northern Rhone, which to be honest is really not saying much, because Condrieu is the smallest appellation in the whole of the Rhone Valley at 125 hectares. Now before anyone with an intimate knowledge of the Northern Rhone gets too upset, I…

Slovenia

Today we’ll go deeper into the details of a country with a long history of winemaking in an area custom built for quality grape-growing, and with a modern wine industry that is quite successful, but with very little global reach- I doubt many of my readers would have tasted a Slovenian wine! But why you…