Red, white, or even mixed? Winemaker and expert Ulrich Allendorf from the winery Allendorf im Rheingau tells us what the trends are this summer and answers some common questions about wine.

WINE TRIP TO THE UNKNOWN

Bordeaux from France, Barolo from Italy, Grüner Veltliner from Austria and Riesling from Germany – names that make wine lovers’ hearts beat faster. But there are also other regions and grape varieties that produce some very interesting wines. A journey of discovery for wine enthusiasts …

 

Wine from Flanders (Belgium)Flanders (Belgium)
Wine was grown in Belgium way back in the 9th century by monks. However, due to adverse climate conditions, production was discontinued. A renaissance didn’t arrive until the 1970s. One of the wine pioneers is the business man Jaap van Rennes who found evidence of past wine cultivation near the city of Tongeren in old archives and who recultivated the land. Today, chardonnay is predominantly grown there. The result: wines aged in oak barrels that are enjoyed all over the world..

 

 

Wine from Côte d’Azur (France)Côte d’Azur (France)
With over 2,700 hours of sun per year, plenty of rain and wind, mild winters and soil rich in minerals: the backcountry of the Côte d’Azur is ideal for dry and full-bodied wines. The grapevines in the region west of Nice cultivated on just 50 hectares under the quality label Vins de Bellet are a rarity and produce approx. 120,000 bottles of wine in every variety.

 

Wine from Rust and Apetlon (Austria)Rust and Apetlon (Austria)
Both wine-growing regions are on Lake Neusiedl, which offers 2,000 hours of sun and perfect conditions for wine. The area surrounding Neusiedl is considered a hidden treasure among Europe’s wine regions. In addition to the classics Grüner Veltliner, Welschriesling or Pinot Blanc, rare wines such as the “Ruster Ausbruch” are produced. This sweet white wine is, however, not for fans of dry wine.

 

 

Wine from Limburg (Holland)Limburg (Holland)
Who would have thought? Wine has been cultivated in Holland since Roman times. Today, the country has over 150 commercial wineries. Most of them are located in the region of Limburg, with over 90 hectares the most important wine-growing region in the Netherlands. Wine is also produced in the hills surrounding Maastricht and has contributed to the region’s culinary reputation. One specialty is the Dutch wine Auxerrois.

 

Wine from Kent und Sussex (Great Britian)Kent und Sussex (Great Britian)
It’s not exactly the first thing that comes to mind with Great Britain. And yet: England boasts a number of vineyards with successful histories, most of them in the southwestern part of the country. The limestone soil in Kent and Sussex yields high-quality Chardonnay, Pinot-Noir and Pinot-Meunier grapes, which are often used to produce sparkling wine that is certainly comparable in quality with real champagne.

 

 

 

 

SMALL WINE GLOSSARY

Kabinett:
Must fulfill certain requirements, e.g. for must weight (i.e. the density of the grape. must)

Landwein (superior table wine):
Grapes from a certain region, geographical indication on the label, dry or semi-dry.

Quality wine:
Subject to official quality control. Types: Qualitätswein bestimmter Anbaugebiete (QbA) – “Quality wine from a specific region” may be chaptalized (i.e. sugar may be added to increase the alcohol content); Qualitätswein mit Prädikat – “Quality wine with specific attributes” does not allow chaptalization.

Spätlese (literally “late harvest”):
Ripe, fruity wine, grapes are picked at least seven days after the regular harvest.

Tafelwein (table wine):
Exclusively from certified vineyards and grape varieties in Germany, without geographical indication.

 

ITALY – NO. 1 WINE COUNTRY

The world’s biggest wine-producing countries (in hectoliters)

 

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