For the longest time in the 20th century, corks were considered to be the only true closure for a wine bottle. Nobody probably ever questioned that. However, with increasing consumption, the natural product revealed its weaknesses. “Cork taint“ made alternative stoppers seem attractive – although not really acceptable at first. Today, a lot has changed in both sectors.
Barolo is Italy’s superlative wine. It needs decades to mature. And even then, it is more something for connoisseurs, namely, quite unexpectedly serious for an Italian. However, Nebbiolo is not only an unusually difficult and complex grape. Based on the grape variety, the discussion of the importance of the terroir can be had here like on hardly any other grape variety.
For centuries now, wine has been playing a political role in Mexico. Nevertheless, the country does not belong to the well-known producer countries of the wine world. Should the quality continue to increase, this could very well change.
The variety of grape is one of the most important factors when it comes to deciding what to purchase. Some become trends that function almost independently from their origin. Sauvignon Blanc is cultivated across the globe today. It is regarded as a high-quality white wine that can hold its head up high.
"We harvest around one hundred tonnes of grapes every year “, explains Tanya Avramova, that is 100,000 bottles every year, "and we could do a lot more". You cannot live from a small-scale operation here." That might sound a bit brisk for a vineyard that has been in business for five years. But it describes the situation that so many small winemaking operations have in Bulgaria.
A lot has been going on in Rioja. The traditional Spanish winegrowing region has changed which is reflected by a fascinating architecture. Modern vineyards appear like a symbol of the change from a very old wine style to very modern wines, which are made with a great deal of technical effort.
No region stands for wine more than Bordeaux. All over the world the name is almost synonymous with good wine. The success story is centuries old. But complicated. In spite of all its fame, it requires a lot of instinct to deal with the branched sales system.
The sea is a decisive factor for Austrian wines. You might not believe it, but many of the best locations used to be the beds of primeval oceans. Internationally, Austria’s wines are regarded as being of high quality. The quality offensive was triggered by, of all things, a foodstuff scandal.
Sicilians like to call their home island a continent – at least when talking about wine. It is indeed so that this Mediterranean island has a rich variety of different landscapes and terroirs. In addition to this rich variety, the island can also boast of a long list of autochthonous types of grapes. For a long time, Sicily was regarded as a supplier of mass-produced wines.