Clare Valley

Now many of you have probably already been to the Clare, but as a quick summary, the Clare valley is located 130km due north of Adelaide, and is a long, thin region running north-south for about 20km. It has a climate classified as moderate-continental, meaning that in the growing season, it has long, warm summer…

Barolo Part 2

So, last time in Part 1 we got into the history and geology of Barolo, and this time we’ll finish the region off by going into the details of the fickle yet ultimately rewarding Nebbiolo variety and the evolution of the style of Barolo over the last century, which includes the battle between ‘traditionalist’ and ‘modernist’ factions!…

Barolo Part 1

One of Italy’s most prestigious wine regions, often referred to as “the Burgundy of Italy”, the region of Barolo will take me a few weeks to do properly. So this time I’ll go into the history of what makes this regions so special as well as the terrior of this appellation, made up of its specific soils, location…

Pais Nantais, Loire Valley

So where on earth is the Pais Nantais you ask? Well, it is the large appellation surrounding the city of Nantes in the very west of the Loire Valley wine region. This rather large appellation begins at the shores of the Bay of Biscay and follows the Loire River about 90km east to the start…

Cornas, Northern Rhône

The smallest red wine appellation in the Northern Rhône was a wine served to Emperor Charlemagne and served at the French court of the 18th century, though more recently has found itself in the shadows of northern cousin Hermitage and southern competitor Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Today we’ll go deeper into what makes the region of Cornas tick, why…

Juliénas, Beaujolais

Today we head to the most monocepagiste region in France, which indicates a region that relies solely on one varietal for its entire output- I speak of course of the Beaujolais region and its love of the Gamay grape variety. Gamay is a variety not as well known or globally-grown as many other varieties that originated in…

Cote des Blancs, Champagne

The Champagne region has been considered the pinnacle of sparkling wine production for centuries, fêted by winemakers and imitated in wine growing regions across the globe with varied success. Whilst imitation is nothing new in the wine game, I believe Champagne is the truest example of a product that is head and shoulders above its…

Nahe, Germany

Today we journey to a region small in size but mighty in influence situated in one of the norther-most sections of the winemaking world; Germany’s Nahe region. Over the millennia, Nahe has undergone periods of boom and bust; expansion and contraction of vineyards as well as success and failure of the wines made here make…

Cava, Spain

Today I’ll be taking you through the (mostly) Catalonian region of Cava, one of the world’s most successful producers of sparkling wines. This is a region with an interesting history full of colourful characters, innovative inventions and constant evolution- so let’s learn some more about Cava! Cava is a fairly large region located in the…

Sancerre, Loire Valley

The ancestral home of the now-ubiquitous Sauvignon Blanc variety, today we travel to the appellation of Sancerre, to find out more about its chequered past, terrior and why it is one of the most significant and well-known regions of the huge Loire Valley region. Sancerre is located in the ‘Central’ section of the Loire valley, which is…