This post was submitted by Asa Johansson for the Great Wine Capitals 2013 guest bloggers program.

All photographs copyright BK Wine Photography.


It may take a little bit of effort to really appreciate the wines of Tuscany but match it with the delicious food from this beautiful wine region and you will both be happy.



"Mendoza, one of the top 10 destinations for wine tourism in the world" according to the Wine Enthusiast Magazine.


In its February international issue, the "Wine Enthusiast Magazine", one of the most prestigious journals in wines, has appointed Mendoza as one of the "Top 10 wine tourism destinations in the world."

The following post was submitted by Per Karlsson for the 2013 Guest Bloggers Program sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

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Florence, a capital of wine and food

Åsa Johansson

Even after twelve years I am still stunned by the Florentine beauty. Luckily you never get used to it. Another thing that I really like about the city, since I’m a wine lover, is that all roads from Florence lead to a winery. Take a road you don’t know and you can be sure that at the end of the day you’ll be sipping wine somewhere in the countryside. So I guess calling Florence a wine capital isn’t exaggerated.

A two-layered city

Here we are at about six and a half on the lawn in front of the beautiful residence of Borgo Scopeto Relais, a truly exceptional place, with large stylish and well-appointed rooms, and spacious well-groomed lawns outside, with areas for conversation and relaxation.

I'm checking into a room secluded and quiet to read a book while the eye comes out every now and then towards the azure pool that reflects the green of the cypresses and the light gray of the sky from which it begins to leak some glimpse of light blue.

La Rufina: Trebbio Castle

I’m starting to get the rhythm of eating, drinking & no sleep. We are becoming seasoned soldiers marching through, vineyards, wineries, lunches, dinners and many bottles of wine. My internal clock adjusted very well to Spanish Time. That means beer with a Spanish omelette at breakfast, a five course lunch with lots of wines. An hour or two siesta of sorts, usually on the bus to more activities until close to midnight, then a big dinner til 2 or 3am and a few short hours of sleep. Lather, rinse, repeat.

We are welcomed by girls: they look like the Amazons, young and beautiful, professional and with a strong personality.

Sabine is of Danish origin, with long blond hair and typically foreign gab but a very good Italian. She is the reception manager.

Cecilia Leoneschi is the winemaker, black hair tied back and slightly disheveled by the wind, with blacks curls and striking contour that give her a distinct Arabic appearance.

I am well aware of the privileged position I enjoy by working as a wine tour guide for Tuscany Wine Tours in my homeland, Tuscany.

Per Karlsson, a wine and travel blogger (BK Wine Tours), has submitted the following post to participate in the GWC - International Guest Blogger Contest:

A brief introduction to an exciting wine region in Portugal


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