• Viticulture

    Date: 19-07-2017

    The term “viticulture” refers to the art and science of growing grapes. Viticulture is a branch of horticulture. We use the term more specifically to refer to the agricultural production of wine grapes. Left to its own devices, a grapevine will snake it

  • World Wine Regions Europe Spain

    Date: 17-07-2017

    The Phoenicians—before the Greeks—brought winemaking to Spain by 1000 BC. Spain has extremely varied climates and terrains, from the arid central plateau, northeast to the sea spray of Rias Baixas in Galicia, south to the sunny climes of Andalucía. Alth

  • World Wine Regions Europe Luxembourg

    Date: 17-07-2017

    Wine has been produced in Luxembourg continuously since Roman times. Luxembourg wine production is centered in the country’s southeast, where it is largely in the hands of cooperatives who sell the wine under the name of "Vinsmoselle". The cooperatives operate a spa

  • World Wine Regions Europe England

    Date: 17-07-2017

    The English have always taken wine quite seriously, even if they have not been able to grow many vines because of their high latitude and wet rainy climate. Global warming is helping them, however. Growers are choosing their varieties with care, opting for climate-appropr

  • Europe Hungary

    Date: 17-07-2017

    Ask most wine drinkers what they know about Hungary, and the answer will likely be two wines: Tokaji and Bull’s Blood. These two wines sit at opposite extremes of quality and price. Tokaji Aszú, from the northeast of Hungary, is the formidabl

  • World Wine Regions Europe Slovakia

    Date: 17-07-2017

    Slovakia produces its wine along most of its southern border with Austria and Hungary.  The Malokarpatská, “Lesser Carpathian” wine region, is in the west. Veltlínske Zelenéis is the most grown

  • World Wine Regions Europe Serbia and Kosovo

    Date: 17-07-2017

    Wine in Serbia goes back to Roman time, but the twentieth century saw the near total destruction of Serbia’s grapevines. First came the devastation of phylloxera, then two world wars, the post-war era of communist collectivization of agriculture in Yugoslavia, and f

  • World Wine Regions Europe Macedonia

    Date: 17-07-2017

    The geographic region called Macedonia stretches over northern Greece, part of Bulgaria, and the present-day landlocked country of Macedonia, which occupies the region’s northern third. The Republic of Macedonia is inhabited by a majority of Macedonians, who speak a

  • World Wine Regions Europe Romania

    Date: 17-07-2017

    Romania has a romance language, deep connections with France, and a wine culture that dates back to the Romans from which the country’s language, and name, derives. Although on the same latitudes as France, one cannot stretch the parallels too far. The Romanian clim

  • World Wine Regions Europe Moldova

    Date: 17-07-2017

    Moldova won its independence with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Its people are ethnically similar to the nearby Romanians. Wine has been a significant part of Moldovan culture for many centuries. The Moldovan economy relies heavily on wine exports to a number of c

  • World Wine Regions Europe Cyprus

    Date: 17-07-2017

    Recent archaeological evidence suggests that winemaking on the island of Cyprus dates back to 3500 BC, more than 5500 years ago. A mere thousand years ago the island’s sweet wine Commandaria had a reputation second to none in Europe. Winemaking declined with the Ott

  • The Wine Regions of France Beaujolais

    Date: 18-07-2017

    Beaujolais is administratively part of Burgundy, but its primarily red wine is made from a different type of grape: Gamay instead of Pinot Noir. There is history to this.   In 1395, Philip the Bold, powerful Duke of Burgundy, decided that the Gamay grap

  • The Wine Regions of France Languedoc-Roussillon

    Date: 18-07-2017

    The regions called Languedoc-Roussillon in the south of France along the Mediterranean coast runs from the Spanish border east to Provence. Languedoc is the eastern/northern part of the region, Roussillon the western/southern stretch. The total region contains more than 7

  • World Wine Regions Europe Italy

    Date: 18-07-2017

    We finished France by explaining the apparent blank spots on the map, those regions where wine is not produced. We do not have to do this with Italy. Italy has twenty regions. Out of these twenty regions, twenty produce wine. The Italian wine map has no blank spo

  • The Wine Regions of France Southwest France

    Date: 18-07-2017

    First: Even though the Bordeaux region is in the southwest of France, when we refer to “southwestern France” we mean the southwestern part of the country excluding Bordeaux, to the east and south of that famous region. The southwest has a number of ex

  • The Wine Regions of France Jura

    Date: 18-07-2017

    The Jura region is quite small, a narrow strip of land sandwiched between Burgundy and Switzerland. Five grapes predominate. Three are traditional local varieties. Poulsard is a red grape used mostly in dry reds and sparkling rosés. Red Trousseau needs a lot of sun

  • South Africa

    Date: 18-07-2017

    South Africa was lost to the world of fine wine for many years. For most of the twentieth century, grape production centered around the country’s brandy industry. By the time this system was ready to change, South Africa’s path to the world wine market was cla

  • Western Australia

    Date: 18-07-2017

    Western Australia is the country’s largest state and yet its wine production is relatively small: about five percent of the national total. Western Australia wines get quality accolades and awards far out of proportion to their volume, however.  

  • New South Wales

    Date: 18-07-2017

    New South Wales saw the first plantings of wine grapes 200 years ago. It is now better known to the world as the site of that opera house. I will never forget a balmy evening in April on my first of (now) ten trips to Australia at one of the outdoor bars that cascade down

  • Australia

    Date: 18-07-2017

    These Aussie schoolchildren in the photo above, including the author’s granddaughter balancing on the rail in front, know to protect themselves from the unrelenting Australian sun. The country’s grapevines go out there without the benefit of hats. Australia be