Eger, Hungary

Today we travel deep into central Europe, to a region in one of the furthest corners of mainstream European viticulture, but a region with one of the oldest winemaking histories on Earth. Hungary has made wine for centuries, with the Eger region specifically possessing records dating back to the 13th century showing its wines being sent all…

Aconcagua Valley, Chile

Today we visit Chile, seen as a relative newcomer to the global wine scene, but with a surprisingly long history; vines were first planted here by Spanish migrants in 1550! It was the French influence in the first half of the 19th century however that had the most profound effect on the quality of Chilean…

Russian River Valley

In the heart of the Sonoma Coast region of northern California, sits a small, but very important wine region known as the Russian River Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area). The region takes its name (funnily enough) from the river that runs along its northern border, which took its name from the original Russian settlers who…

Chinon, Loire Valley

Today we journey to the Jardin de la France (the garden of France), the destination for many Parisienne holiday-makers for centuries. An historic and particularly pretty part of the region, the town of Chinon is based around the impressive Château du Chinon, which sits on the bank of the Vienne River. Quite a small region…

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…

Japan

Yes, you read that right- today I’ll be speaking about Japan! For the past few weeks I have been travelling through the land of the Rising Sun, and in my travels, I discovered a small but thriving wine industry in this island nation. The first thing I noted upon arrival in Tokyo is that the…

Valpolicella, Italy

The most famous wine region in the North East of Italy, and one of the country’s most important regions, both for quality and quantity wine production, Valpolicella boasts a rich heritage; the name comes from a mixture of Latin and Greek and broadly translates to ‘the valley of many cellars’. This is the part of…

Douro Valley, Portugal

As the weather cools, I thought it pertinent to focus this week’s piece on the ultimate winter warmer wine; Port. Port can only come from the Douro region of Portugal, a baking hot series of steep vineyards that sit directly over the Douro River (which is known as the Duero River where it originated in…

Martinborough, New Zealand

At the southern tip of the North Island of New Zealand sits the Martinborough wine region- not to be confused with the Marlborough wine region, which sits at the northern tip of the South Island, just across the Cook straight. Whilst only responsible for 3% of total New Zealand production, a significant 9% of winemakers…

Wachau, Austria

Austrian wines are in the midst of a global renaissance; these days it’s not unusual when you walk into a funky wine bar or Asian-fusion restaurant to see at least one Austrian wine on the list. Think back a few years- did anyone know what Blaufränkisch or Grüner Veltliner was in 2010? For a relatively…