Thanks to hearty rejuvenation efforts that began in the mid 90s, Bordeaux has reclaimed her former glory and rose from obscurity back to its rightful place as one of Europe’s top destinations...

Rheinhessen, that wine region between Mainz and Alzey, is still a white spot on the map of many a wine drinker's landscape. It's a wide country of thousand hills, spottet with lots of small wineries, most of which you never heard of. The houses look forbidden from the outside, but inside you find many a surprise: Excellent Tappas, a colorful degustation and a theater in an old barn. Wine-discoveries in Rheinhessen – Mainz& was part of a trip.

Rioja has become the most famous vineyard in Spain... In 1991, the region obtained the most qualitative agricultural label of quality in Spain: the Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOCa), which allowed it to gain an international reputation.

Just an hour and a half from Chile’s busy capital, Santiago, lies the rolling hillsides of fog-laden Casablanca and the disorderly yet charming city of Valparaiso. Both feel a world away from Santiago, proving that although Chile may be skinny, it is fat in diversity...

For all #winelovers who visit Chile and even more so if they live here, winery tours are a must.  More and more wineries offer wine tourism packages every day which allows one to find the ideal visit for each person’s particular interest. If what you’re looking for is to taste different wines with great character and quality, this is the place for you.

This article, submitted by Melissa Sutherland, is a participant in the 2015 Guest Bloggers' Program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

This post by Minnesota-based food and wine writer Jeff Burrows is a participant in the 2015 Guest Bloggers' Contest sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

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The moral of this story: Don’t taste 40 year Tawny Port!  All lesser ports will be nice, but you’ll forever be thinking about the 40.  You have been warned!

Horses have long been a part of South Africa’s winemaking history. Before tractors and motorcars were so prolific, it was our four-legged steeds we relied on to get the job done.

Stallions and fillies alike would be charged with transporting grapes to the cellar, delivering wine to the towns, providing a ride for vineyard pruners and much more.

Legend has it that roses were planted at the end of a vineyard row so that if a horse took the corner too sharply it would be scratched by the thorns. It’s said that only later were roses used as an early warning system for mildew.


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