Grapes

Beaumes-de-Venise, Cairanne, Gigondas, Rasteau and Vinsobres, five southern jewels in the Rhone Valley crown
In 2022, the Rhone Valley marketed 329 million bottles and shipped wines to 186 countries, making it one of France’s premier wine regions. Amidst a galaxy of legendary appellations like Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côte-Rôtie and Crozes-Hermitage, five less publicised southern growths each offer some incredible pours.
Brouilly and Côte-de-Brouilly, Beaujolais’ fraternal twins
Twins and yet different in so many ways, the Brouilly and Côte-de-Brouilly appellations fully illustrate the breadth and depth of the Beaujolais Crus proposition. Their location and their name make them neighbours, and yet they offer unique defining features that translate the subtlety of their respective vineyard sites and can be identified with every sip.
Stellenbosch: Crafting a Legacy as "The Other Great Cabernet Region"
Stellenbosch is the heartbeat of South African Cabernet Sauvignon, whose legacy has been nurtured here for over a century, rooted in soils as old as 600 million years. This storied region boasts a landscape sculpted by towering mountains and nuanced valleys where Cabernet Sauvignon has become inseparable from its identity. Furthering its international footprint, Stellenbosch Cabernet was founded as a collective, underscoring a decade-long journey of refining Cabernet Sauvignon and beckoning the curious Cabernet Sauvignon drinker to delve deeper.
South Africa celebrates its success with Sauvignon Blanc
A global consumer lauds Sauvignon Blanc, and South Africa excels without regional constraints. The myriad styles produced here attest to its potential and exceptional ageability as passionate producers embrace the contrasting landscapes to make mystifying to boastfully aromatic wines with a burgeoning following from both ends. Hence, Sauvignon Blanc remains the country's top-selling and most exported cultivar.
South African Chenin Blanc at full gallop
South Africa has by far the most Chenin Blanc plantings in the world, constituting 50% of all global plantings. As a variety in South Africa, Chenin has unleashed a wine culture bereft of profanities, pretence, and the fear of imperfection. Instead, through the lucid exploration of Chenin over decades, authentic stories surfaced, many rooted in old vines discovered throughout the Cape Winelands. As a wine, it steers creatives and empowers people. And as a phenomenon, its character, quality, and success in diverse styles stir the interest of the global wine community.
Mourvèdre, the variety with the sun under its skin
Provence, particularly Bandol, have made it their king of grape varieties, but Mourvèdre also sits on the throne of many prestigious southern wine regions like the Rhone Valley, Languedoc and Roussillon. We shed some light on a challenging, late-ripening variety which is difficult to harness and yet so unique when it reaches peak ripeness.
Heading off for Portugal and its native red grape varieties
With 250 native grape varieties, Portugal is enough to make other producer countries go green with envy. Comparing them with international standards is like comparing apples and oranges and just-burgeoning awareness means that they remain largely under the public’s radar. Heading off to explore Portugal’s vine heritage is like stepping into the shoes of a treasure hunter, away from the well-trodden vinous paths.