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…

Puligny-Montrachet

Today we touch on a region known for the production of the epitome of wines made from the Chardonnay grape, a region winemakers the world over covet, and a style of wine they attempt to imitate. The village was originally called just Puligny until 1879, when the Montrachet section was added in homage to its…

New York State, USA

Yes, you read right- there is a fairly bustling wine industry in New York! In fact, New York state recently became the 3rd largest producer of wine in the USA, behind Washington state and the wine giant that is California. New York state has a wine making history dating back to the early 1800’s, assisted…

Mendoza, Argentina

Now many of you may not realise this, but Sunday the 17th of April is World Malbec day, and to celebrate, this Friday I will be focusing on the world’s biggest Malbec producer, Argentina, and more specifically, its largest, best-known and most popular region; Mendoza. Wine production in Argentina dates back to Spanish colonisation in…

Mosel, Germany

The wines of Germany have in the past suffered from an identity crisis. Being the 4th largest European wine producer and with an incredibly long history of winemaking, Germany is very serious about wine (they’re serious about a lot of things), however in the 1970’s a huge percentage of their wines were sold as bulk,…

Yarra Valley

Not many people may know this, but Victoria’s Yarra Valley was one of the first vineyard areas established in Australia. The Scottish-born Ryrie brothers ventured into the Yarra Valley as they moved their cattle south from Sydney (quite a trip by horseback I reckon!), and ended up settling in the area- first setting up a…

Gevrey-Chambertin

One of the first wine areas in the Côte de Nuits region south of Dijon, Gevrey-Chambertin is where Pinot Noir gets very serious.  With 9 Grand Cru sites and 26 Premier Cru sites (41% of the total area under vine!), it’s immediately apparent that you’re in serious winemaking territory here- but only Pinot Noir, as…