Argentina is the 6th largest producer of grapes in the world and the largest grower of Malbec. Growing grapes since the mid 1600's, Argentina has only started to export wine since the mid 1990's, with the Malbec grape varietal exploding in popularity on the global market. Argentina has some of the highest altitude vineyards in the world and therefore many vineyards are naturally organic as pests are very limited at this high elevation.
Luis Segundo Correas brings us hand-crafted wines from the the Don Angelino Estate within Medrano, Mendoza. Crafted from 70 year old vines, the 150 year old family tradition reveals its character through these complex wines.
Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza
A small production family run winery in the heart of Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza that extracts the essence of the lands, weather and sun to transmit into the grapes, and through them into the wines. The land produces grapes of the highest quality = world class wines.
Australia has some of the oldest vineyards on the planet, as the first vines were planted in the 1800's. Being the 5th largest grape producer in the world, the Aussies are known for their high quality wine production with 65 wine regions with 100 different types of grapes, however Shiraz and Chardonnay are grown in every region.
All Luke Lambert wines are handpicked and of single-vineyard origin. They are wildly perfumed with moderate alcohol, fresh acidities, powdery tannins, and limited oak influence. These are wines made as if the industrial revolution (in wine) was a figment of collective imagination. Available exclusively at Metrovino
Adelaide Hills, South Australia
The Ochota Barrel tale began on a surf trip, late 2000 along the Mexico west coast in a Volkswagen campervan. A final destination after travelling some of the world's most amazing wine and surf regions, Taras and Amber Ochota conceived the idea to make beautiful holistic wines back in South Australia. Available exclusively at Metrovino
Wild Duck Creek Estate
Wild Duck Creek Estate is a small family owned winery dedicated to producing wines of the highest quality. We began with two small vineyards, the Alan’s Cabernet vineyard and the Original Vineyard located at the winery. We now own and operate 8 different vineyards across the Heathcote Wine Region, each producing beautifully unique and rich flavours and textures. Available exclusively at Market Wines
The majority of Austrian grapes are grown on small estates with the average winery covering less than 7 acres. This results in high quality wines, many with single vineyard status. The production on these family run estates constitutes for less than 1% of the worlds wine, with the majority (75%) consumed locally. The majority of the wine grapes regulated for growing are white, due to the climate. The most famous of the indigenous grapes is the hardy Gruner Veltlinger which is known for its citrus fruit, herbaceous character and explosive acidity. Gruner is very important to the Austrian wine market as it makes up approximately 1/3 of all plantings.
Our decision to convert to biodynamic viticulture in 2006 was based on the goal of making our vineyards successively more resilient, more vital, and more heterogeneous. Great wines express a sense of place and they are best able to do this when they are rooted in a biologically diverse environment where soil vitality is intact and vines live in symbiosis with the complex ecosystem in which they live.
Fred Loimer began practicing biodynamics in 2006 and is a founding member of Respekt, a certifying body for biodynamic viticulture in Austria. His wines are among the very best examples of Grüner Veltliner and Riesling in the Kamptal. In 2002, he was named “Winemaker of the Year” by Austria's Falstaff wine magazine.
Our name stands for one of the region’s best wineries as well as for distinguished hospitality and delightful meals.Schneider Winery has put its focus on the red grape varieties of the burgundy family – the international Pinot Noir and the autochthonous Saint Laurent. This specialization orgins in the excellent growing conditions that mirror a close working dialogue with the continental climate, the gravelly soils, skills and passion of the individual vintners.
The French not only consume more wine than any another country in the world, they also the largest wine producer. Consuming 60L of wine perperson a year, the French drink approximately 2/3 of their own production. Within France there are 10 main wine growing regions, with each region having its unique identity, including grape types. Appellation Controlee laws guarantee each wine's origin and style. As the French wine labels do not specify grape types, but rather the geographical location, it is estimated 72% of adults have difficulty understanding the wine label.
Burgundy Champagne Cotes du Rhone Languedoc Loire Valley
Although Burgundy has a big reputation for its high quality wines, the region only produces 3% of France's total wine. The two main grapes grown in the region are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with twice as much white wine produced over red. Burgundy with its ideal weather, rich soils, exceptional geographical location and of course the top notch expertise of its winemakers are some of the reasons that wine prices from this reason can be high.
Clos de Rocs
The Clos de Rocs Estate covers 8.6 hectares with vines across 7 parcels, mainly located in the Pouilly-Loche appellation of the Maconnais. The soils are characterized by iron-rich clay and limestone, often with up to 30cm of dense limestone pebble dispersion at the surface. Resulting wines are leaner and carry a hint of earth, yet they are quite rich in mineral, with enough fruit density to properly support the robust structural elements.
At Château Thivin, the oldest wine-growing estate in Mont-Brouilly, there reigns a special atmosphere — that of a château on a human scale where the6 generations of the Geoffray family have been producing quality wines in the greatest respect for the terroirs. The hand-picking of the grapes and the rather “hands-on” vinification make it possible to obtain authentic wines that reflect their terroir.
Henri Magnien et Fils is a small family estate established back in 1987 but there are traces of vines having grown in the family since 1700. They are located at the top of Gevrey-Chambertin and at the foot of the hillside of the famed premier cru Cazetiers in Côte de Nuits. Though only 6 hectares, they own a number of fantastic Premier Cru parcels in Gevrey. Given the use of grapes from vines planted as early as 1915, they have very low yield across the board making exceptional wines.
A family run estate since 1872, Ponsot is focused on sustainable farming and letting nature show itself in the wine. All of the generations since the founding of the Domaine have subscribed to this Love of Nature and therefore to its respect. "At Domaine Ponsot we produce wines uninfluenced by fashion. These choice are not dictated by a kind of occultism resulting from what today is known as non-interventionism".
Cote de Nuits
For four generations, the Rousseau family has worked tirelessly and passionately on some of the finest terroirs of the Côte de Nuits. From the moment the domain was established, the family developed an enduring ritual: the elders teach the ways of the vine the next generation. Thus, they maintain the strong bond between man and vine, upholding the family values and strong work ethic through the years.
Chateau de la Greffiere
The vineyard is located in La Roche Vineuse in the region of Macon, in south of Burgundy. This hilly landscape offers different appellations like “Aligoté” or “Mâcon La Roche Vineuse”. Working with the 4 grapes varieties of Burgundy : “Chardonnay, Aligoté” for white wines and ” Pinot Noir, Gamay” for red wines, each grapes variety develops their unique characteristics thanks to this special geographic situation.
After a few experiences in biochemistry and cooking, Christophe Pacalet created, in 1999, with his uncle Marcel LaPierre the domaine "Les Marcellins". He selects plots of old vines, cultivated according to his ideal, in respect of the wine and its environment to obtain the best grapes.
Champagne is one of France's most famous regions known for making high quality sparkling wines with crystalline clear effervescence, elegant and lively. The French consume 162.5 million bottles of this classy drink, more than 50% of total production per year. The main three grapes that make up the wines of Champagne are Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay.
Cotes du Rhone
Rhone Wine is so popular around the world evidence suggests a bottle is consumed every 13 seconds, for a total of 400 million bottles consumed a year. Being the second largest appellation in France, the Cotes du Rhone has approximately 32,000 hectares planted. The Rhone is divided by the Rhone river into the North and South regions, each having their own distinct grape growing traditions due to the climate differential.
The Languedoc-Rousillan region is located in the south of France along the French Mediterranean Coast. Known as the largest producer of designated wine in the world, this region produces 5% of the worlds wine and 7% of the worlds organic wine. The wine produced in this region is highly desired for export accounting for 40% of total French wine exports.
The Loire Valley is located in Central France, the cooler climate being ey to the production of their crisp white and rose wines. Half of the production of wines in the Loire are white wine predominantly Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. The majority of the reds are made with Cabernet France known for its herbaceous notes.
Home of the Riesling grape varietal, German soil has been producing wine since the second century BC when the Romans started cultivating grapes in the Mosel. German wine classification is based upon sugar levels in the grape must, defining the wine from dry (Kabinett) to varying levels of sweetness (Spatlese, Auslese, etc). Many other white and red grape varietals are grown in Germany including Spatburgunder or what we call Pinot Noir.
Italy produces more wine than any other country in the world, producing 45-50 million hectolitres per year. Italy has more than 200 grape varietals grown in 20 wine regions, with a distinct difference in grape and wine styles from the cooler climate in the north to the hot south. Famous for its production of Barolo, Amarone, Chianti and Prosecco, the Italians not only produce delicious wine but consume on average about 1L per week per person.
Portugal is the 11th largest wine producer in the world, most famously know for the production of Port. This fortified wine is only made in the Dao region and is always sweet. Portugal produces many other wines besides Port from the many indigenous grape varietals grown in the region. Wines from the region of Vinho Verde which translates in to Green Wine, are typically made from field blends, are refreshing and easy drinking.
Spain is the 3rd largest producer of wine and the top exporter in the world. The majority of production is in a region called La Mancha located south of Madrid. With over 400 grape varietals planted in the country, Spain's most widely planted red grape is Tempranillo followed closely by Garnacha. Spain is known for its sparkling wine called Cava, which is made in traditional method and commonly a blend of three indigenous white grape varietals.
California produces the most wine in the United States, approximately 80. the two noms popular grapes grown in California are Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.