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.

There is something distinctly romantic about tasting wine from vines grown at the southernmost point of the African continent. And not just ordinary wines but extraordinary, highly ranked wines competing with the best in the world.

Do you drink much port?  Do you have a favorite?  Want to split a bottle of the 40 year Tawny??

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.

This post, submitted by Natalie Roos, is a participant in the 2015 Guest Bloggers' competition sponsored by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

I think I’ve successfully convinced you that Stellenbosch is the place to go for food and wine in South Africa (and also the world). I’ve listed eight of the places I dined at during the #Stellenblog campaign and given them my personal recommendation. Read about eight places to eat in Stellenbosch here.

Pessac Léognan is at once one of the oldest and one of the youngest of the Bordeaux appellations.

One of the youngest as it was officially created in 1987 and yet the oldest as it encompasses what was known as ‘Les Graves de Bordeaux’ the ‘cradle ‘ of fine Bordeaux wine making as we know it today...


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