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Provence - A treasure trove of wines to discover this summer
The spirit of Provence lies in its wealth of culture, its distinctively French lifestyle and its incredibly varied, stunning scenery. Its pale-hued rosés have taken the world by storm but it is also replete with less publicised treasures and singular vineyard sites and wines which have forged a strong identity for the region, and made it a prime location for wine.
Savoy : Jacquère and Altesse vie for A-lister status
Savoy is France’s smallest wine region and has made a name for itself as a fount of zippy white wines, whose light, fresh characters have made them undeniable crowd-pleasers. Altesse and Jacquère are the star performers in the region’s mountain vineyards, and here’s what to expect from them.
Tuscany and its 'natural' aptitude for organic viticulture
Italy, along with Spain and France, dominates the ranking of organic winegrowing countries. Yet not all Italian regions can boast a 'natural' aptitude for organic winegrowing that requires particular soil and weather conditions.
Why Corsica is tippled pink
Corsican rosés are among France’s finest unknown treasures to discover. They boast the hallmark features of their outstanding vineyard location and signature aromatics stemming from native grape varieties that are occasionally blended with Syrah and Grenache. They have successfully withstood fierce competition from their Provencal neighbours due to their remarkable quality, which has also stood them in good stead in export markets.
“Ma Roumanie contée” – tales of Romanian wine
Romania is home to one of the oldest wine growing cultures in Europe, predating ancient Dacia, shaped by the Romans, the monasteries and subsequently influenced by the French. It now has a clear focus on quality and harmonisation with European standards.
A road trip through Navarre
For many years, Navarre remained in the shadow of its prestigious neighbour, Rioja, but in more recent times it has made huge strides. Although it initially garnered a reputation for the quality of its rosés, it is now also praised for its increasingly high profile red wines. The decision to host the world Grenache competition in Olite, Navarre, this year, is no accident.
TERRA VITIS: THE RISING STAR OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENDORSEMENTS
From vineyard to bottle, Terra Vitis guarantees that traceability, organisation and environmental man-agement run seamlessly on farms that apply sustainable techniques. The French certification scheme is increasingly gaining traction, primarily because it takes on board new social responsibility standards.