Monthly Archives: November 2015

Valencia’s focus on quality

Based on discovery of grape seeds at burial sites, wine has been grown in the Valencia region of eastern Spain for more than 2,700 years. The Utiel-Requena appellation, one of the main regions of Valenica, is about 65km from the … Continue reading

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Steen, aka Chenin Blanc, sparkles in South Africa

Chenin Blanc in South Africa is a wine uniquely straddling the Old World and the New World. Steen is the most planted grape in South Africa. It has traditionally been grown as a blending agent for everyday wines, and even … Continue reading

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Wines across borders

Modern borders are artificial constructs that can create confusion and paradox when it comes to understanding wine quality or names. Collio in Italy’s north-east corner is regarded as one of the country’s most important white wine regions. A few metres across … Continue reading

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Challenges in the sparkling wine sector

The sparkling wine sector is gaining complexity, with cava and prosecco looking to the future and the past In 2012 something cataclysmic happened in Spain’s Catalunya region, the heart of cava production. The two huge brands of Freixenet and Codorniu, … Continue reading

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Portugal’s Alentejo a major player in domestic market

The Alentejo — the largest of Portugal’s 13 wine regions, occupying about a third of the country’s land mass — is a major player in the national wine market. The Alentejo produces about 45 per cent of all wines consumed in the domestic market … Continue reading

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