Beautiful, scenic Austria is synonymous with such pop culture icons as The Sound of Music, Gustav Klimt, Mozart, and the Alps. Austria is a tiny country nestled deep in the mountains. It is known for its sausages, schnitzel, spaetzle, and Märzen and Hefeweisen beer. But it also has a powerful reputation as a wine producer.
Austria has three major wine-growing regions: Niederösterreich (Lower A
When Americans think of Greece, most people think of hot, dry landscapes on islands in the Mediterranean Sea. However, in reality, Greece has a wide variety of topography. It ranges from the famous arid islands to wet, mountainous pine forests that even see some snow in the winter.
The Greeks have been making wine for over four thousand years (the first hints of winemaking there come from 4500
Hungary is an enticing destination for travelers because of its rich culture, history, architecture, food, and spas. In fact, the region boasts over 1,500 thermal spas! But wine? At least here in the USA, local “oversized” wine stores do not typically have a “Wines from Hungary” section. France, Spain, Germany? Sure! Chile and South Africa, yes! But Hungary? That’s less common.
That’s why America
Romania has nearly 11,500 years of viticultural history. And now, it is digging into its roots, embracing modern techniques, and becoming a wine-producing heavyweight. Romania lies on the same latitude as France. But in addition to the usual French vines, they have their own heirloom grapes that bring their history vividly to life.
New Zealand may seem late to the show. But in only 50 years, it has made a name for itself in the wine world.
Winemaking in New Zealand dates back to the mid-19th century. But it didn’t really take off until after the 1970s. Up until that time, New Zealand was known for its beef, dairy, and wool. But in 1973, Britain opted to become part of the European Economic Community. This move severed i
Brazil’s landmass makes it the 5th largest country in the world. Since most of that land is outside the wine belt (31° to 38° Latitude South), you might not expect much in the way of wine production. But Brazil’s wines will surprise and delight you.
Like Chile, Brazil’s wine production dates back to the colonial period, with Br
With exquisite wines and picturesque scenery, Portuguese Wine Regions are a lesson in merging historic and modern viticulture methods.
Wine production in the Iberian Peninsula, home to Spain and Portugal, dates back to 2000 BC. That’s when the Tartessians cultivated the first grapes in the Tagus region, near modern Lisbon. The Phoenicians b
When you ask someone about German wines, you usually get one of two responses. One waxes on about the elegant dry whites, while the other dismisses the whole country for its cheap, sweet, un-oaked whites with low ABV. So, unless you are big into white wines, especially Rieslings, you probably don’t know much about German w
Chile’s long history with wine is complicated and filled with setbacks.
Wine in Chile dates back to mid-16th century Spanish conquistadores and missionaries, who carried grapes wherever they went. These grapes, often referred to as the “common black grape,” filled the vineyards of local Jesuit priests.
Like many colonies, Chilean vintners were restricted to local
South Africa has a unique distinction. It’s one of the only wine regions in the world situated between two oceans: the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean. As a result of this ocean access, Dutch colonizers easily made their way to the fertile land. By 1650, they were planting French grapes throughout the Mediterranean-esque Western Cape. Eventually, the vineyards spread through the rest of the region.