Bío Bío Valley, Chile

Now I’m guessing that with the popularity of Chilean wine that many (if not all) of you have tried a wine from this South American country before. And following on from that, you would most likely have tried an entry-level, fruit-forward wine meant for near-immediate consumption. If so that’s completely understandable, because Chilean wine, much…

Great Southern, Western Australia

If I was to ask you what the largest wine region in Australia is, what would you think? Maybe the Barossa? The Riverina perhaps? In fact, in the very south-west tip of our wide, brown land we find not only the largest wine region, but the region with more sub-zones than anywhere else in the…

Constantia, South Africa

Today I’ll be speaking about a region that has been making wine since 1685. Now many of you would automatically think that I’d have to be talking about somewhere in Europe, and indeed the name Constantia does have an old Latin ring to it, however this region was actually one of the first ‘New World’…

Willamette Valley, Oregon

Today we venture to the Land of the Free, and more specifically to the Pacific Northwest, to a wine region known as the Willamette Valley in the state of Oregon. Whilst southern neighbour California accounts for near 90% of the wine made in the USA every year, Oregon is the quiet achiever, standing in big…

Carneros, California

A report was released in April 2017, showing that in Californian wineries, business is booming. California wine shipments throughout the U.S. reached an estimated retail value of $34.1 billion in 2016, up 4.6% on last year. This equates to shipping an all-time high of 238 million cases of wine all across the U.S., up 2% from the…

Gisborne, New Zealand

Today we’re staying a little closer to home, just across the ditch to NZ. The Gisborne wine region is located to the very east of the country, and makes up the ‘heel’ of the North Island’s boot. Some would be surprised to know that Gisborne is New Zealand’s third most prolific wine region (after Marlborough…

Central Otago, New Zealand, Part 2

So last week I started part 1 on the history and terrior of Central Otago, realising quickly that there is simply too much to cover in one week, so today I’ll be finishing off by talking about the variety that put this region on the map, as well as a quick summary of what makes…

Central Otago, New Zealand, Part 1

What is it about this region that has taken it from relative obscurity 20 years ago to one of the premiere Pinot Noir producing regions on earth? Well, it seems the answer is rather complicated, so I’ve split my piece in two. This week I’ll look at the significance of the history of this region…

Texas, USA

Now most of you may not be aware of this, but one of the most watched programmes of the year is on Sunday the 6th of February- the American Football Superbowl. This year the game is held in Houston, Texas (unlike the majority of our major sports, the venue changes every single year, totally independent…

Walla Walla, Washington State

Today we journey to the Pacific Northwest of the USA to Washington State- not to be confused with Washington DC, the Capital city on the Atlantic East Coast where Mr Trump has just taken up residence. A region undergoing a period of unprecedented growth over the last 20 years; what makes it significant? The AVA…