Priorat, Spain

In the far north eastern corner of Spain is the state of Catalunya, and within this state there is a region which, despite its relatively new appearance, unfashionable grape varieties and near-inhospitable environment, is one of the two top-tier Spanish quality classifications (the other being Rioja), whose wines demand prices higher than almost any other…

Châteauneuf-du-Pape- Part 2

Last week in part 1 we covered the all-important history and legislation of the Southern Rhone’s Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation, and how these things shaped the region as we know it. Today I’ll go into the region as it stands in the modern world; its climate, soils and grape varieties in an attempt to piece together what…

Cotes de Provence, South of France

Now as I’m sure you’re all aware, the 3rd Friday of September (today) is International Grenache Day, and to celebrate this, I’ll be focusing my piece on this amazingly diverse grape variety- often the unsung hero in many wines, and on one of the traditional homes of the grape, where it really comes into its…

Ribera del Duero, Spain

Just north of the dead centre of the Iberian Peninsula, due west of the cultural capital Barcelona and due north of the actual capital of Madrid sits a region high on the central Spanish Meseta (tablelands) called the Ribera del Duero. At first glance, this arid, harsh landscape doesn’t seem the most hospitable place, and…