Sachsen, Germany

Today we journey to one of the northern-most wine regions on earth, a little-known place which also happens to be the only official wine appellation in the former East German state known in German as Sachsen however you may know it by its translated name, Saxony. This is a cold, isolated wine region, one of the final…

Dão, Portugal

I decided to write this piece after I was given a glass of red wine to try blind by a friend. I picked the wine as Old World from the refreshing acid, though Mediterranean due to the rich fruit aromas, and the rusticity of the wine pointed more to Spain or Italy. The quality of…

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…

Châteauneuf-du-Pape- Part 1

With winter in full swing, I thought this week I’d focus on a region known mainly for big, powerful and spicy reds that are just the ticket (alongside an open fire) to ward off the chill. But this isn’t a straightforward region to just blow through; I’ll need 2 weeks to di ti justice. So…

Faro, Italy

What I like about writing this Friday piece every week is that I get to look into wine regions I had no idea existed- regions that grow grape varieties I know so little about; it forces me to dig right into what they are and why they inhabit this tiny, old corner of the wine…

Kamptal, Austria

High up in the mountains in the north east of Austria, about 50km north of its capital Vienna lies a small but mighty wine region called the Kamptal. The region is named for the Kamp, the all-important river that nourishes the region as it travels from the Krems-land Mountains on its way to empty into…

Saint-Joseph, Northern Rhône

I was looking through my list of regions I have written about before (this is the 68th piece, thanks for asking), and I realised that I have yet to write anything about one of my favourite regions; the Northern Rhône- criminal! So today I’ll start large, by digging into what makes the largest appellation of…

Wine Ark Friday Focus; Campania, Italy

Today we journey to one of the oldest wine regions on earth, a place where an unbroken line of viticultural history can be followed back over 3000 years; the shin of Italy’s boot, Campania. Its name comes from Campania felix, a Latin phrase roughly meaning “happy land”, and its wines have been some of the…

Jura

Today we will once more pay a visit to the largest wine producer in the world, France, however this time we will learn about a region found a little way off the beaten track- a region located in the mountainous east of France, often forgotten or overlooked by consumers; the historical Appellation of Jura. This…

Jerez de la Frontera Part 2

Last week I went through the history of the region of Jerez de la Frontera, the region best known for producing Sherry. As with many of the world’s best appellations, history plays a major part in why a region makes what it does, so last week I gave a (relatively) brief summary of how the…