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…

Franschhoek, South Africa

Today we journey to a very small and oft-overlooked corner of South Africa’s ever-expanding Coastal Region, the engine room of their wine industry. Franschhoek is a small and rather unusual region with a very interesting past that has strongly influenced the style of wines it produces today. The vineyards of Franschhoek sit within a clearly…

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…

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…

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…

Côte Rôtie

At the northern-most tip of the Rhone Valley sits one of the smallest, but most important regions in the whole of the Rhone, the ‘Roasted slope’ or Côte Rôtie. The region consists of 10 parallel hills, where the vineyards sit on perfect south-east facing slopes, and rise sharply from the Rhône river, with the top…