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One of the first things any student of wine learns is the classic climate types: Maritime, Mediterranean and Continental. The underlying conceit is that these three profiles encompass the entire range of optimal conditions for grape cultivation worldwide. A new generation of high-altitude vineyards — many available for tasting at ProWein 2019 — is challenging these assumptions. From the Rieslings on the mountains of Colorado (1975m) to Muscat on the Tibet Plateau (3563m), the Mountain climate is ready for the limelight.
Apéro, aperitif, aperitivo, pre-dinner drink. Many languages today have their respective expression for what the ancient Romans already knew. In Latin, "aperitif" means "to open". And thus the modern aperitif today is able to enjoyably prepare the stomach for an upcoming meal and at the same time stimulate the palate. However, also apart from the meal times, a new way of enjoying sophisticated drinks can be observed before sunset, relaxed day drinking.
With a collective push for quality rather than quantity in South Africa, and a revived appreciation for wines made from old vines, we see a definite need for producers to adopt more natural winemaking techniques, be they organic, bio-dynamic or natural. This doesn't necessarily mean registering with any such certification, but rather adopting the philosophy of wines that come from a specific place. New consumers are increasingly aware and sensitive to this.
Wine in Chile, as is the case across the American continent, was brought by Spanish colonisers and spread across the territory thanks to the insistence on converting people to Catholicism. Also considered fuel for armies, at the beginning of the American continent's history, wine became a vital element for anyone who considered themself to be educated.
Wine consumption is increasing every year, but is still not over the 5 litre per capita. There is a high consumption of domestic Serbian wines, still dominant over the imported wines, about 60% + of the market. When it comes to imported wines, Italy is on first place (especially Prosecco) followed by French wines and wines from the New World.
The development of the Cypriot wine in the last 10 years not only brought a huge increase in consumption of local Cypriot wine, but it also increased the interest of the guests to search more for wine. The different wine education centers are helping Cypriots in building a better understanding of the wine industry resulting in more sales.