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Is the Future of Wine in Britain?

A fascinating new study has found that temperature rises linked to climate change could see the United Kingdom as a leading wine producer by 2100. Whilst this may seem far into the future, there is real evidence which suggests a wide range of different wines will be easily produced in the UK in less than a century.

By the end of the 21st century the climate in the UK will make it possible to produce a wide range of wines from Pinot Grigio to Riesling and Pinot Noir. A rise in temperature of as much as 2 degrees Celsius and 5% more rain than at present will mean that even the notoriously chilly Scottish borders could become a fertile growing area for Pinot Grigio. As you move South down the country the range of wines which will grow with ease increases, with Essex and London perhaps even capable of growing Malbec, despite how tricky it is known to be to produce. Researchers believe the whole of the UK has benefits for different wines with different growing regions popping up as the temperature increases.

In addition to Scottish Pinot Grigio and Estuary Malbec, researchers believe the Central and East of England will be perfect for the growth of Sauvignon Blanc.

English Wine at The Fine Wine Company

At The Fine Wine Company we already stock some fine examples of wine from England and around the United Kingdom. Our English brands include Stopham Estate in West Sussex, whose offerings include this Pinot Gris. Other brands include Chapel Down, a Kent company who produce their own dry sparkling wines amongst other offerings and Hush Heath Estate who produce elegant English reds, including this Pinot Noir. For English roses vineyards including Stopham Estate, Chapel Down and Devon’s Kenton Vineyard, who produce this refreshing rose.

The majority of English wine producers are currently based in the South of the country, as the climate is more temperature here. If predictions are right though, it won’t be long before we see more vineyards across the rest of the country and a much higher yield of quality wines.

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Famous Spanish wine regions

La Rioja

The most famous of all Spain’s wine regions, La Rioja is often described as the Spanish Tuscany. With three distinct regions: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja exception wines of different styles are available across the region.

The most famous and high quality grape grown across La Rioja is the Tempranillo whilst other regional grapes including Garnacha Tinta, Mazuelo and Graciano complement their huge output of great quality red wines. The leading white grape is the Viura or Macabeo and La Rioja is able to produce rich and dry white wines, as well as the reds it is famous for. At The Fine Wine Company, we have a diverse range of La Rioja wines.

Mendoza

The Mendoza Valley, at the foot of the Andes, is home to Argentina’s oldest and most traditional wineries. It incorporates a number of sub-regions: Luján de Cuyo, Maipú, Godoy Cruz and Guaymallén and it produces the largest amount of wine of any of the Argentinian wine regions.

In the last ten years, the wine growth in the region has expanded by an impressive 4400 hectares and it is a perfect place for the growth of rich and full-bodied reds, which Argentina is so well-known for. Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec are some of the best wines you’ll find from the Mendoza Valley but there are plenty more flavourful offerings to enjoy. At The Fine Wine Company, we have a wide collection of Mendoza wines for you to choose from.

Patagonia

Patagonia brings together three individual and popular wine regions: Rio Negro, La Pampa and Neuquén. It is a favoured spot for luxury, high quality wine producers and across the regions there are over 4,550 hectares of fully cultivated vineyards.

The winters are intense and the summers are particularly cool at night, which allows wines to be developed with both high sugar and acidity in perfect balance. The height of the vineyards varies between 300 and 500 metres above sea level which again shows in the character of the wines and their unique, intense Patagonian intensity. Patagonian wines are not the most popular Argentina has to offer but they are truly packed with flavour and originality. You can explore our range of Patagonian wines below.

Chateau de Santenay

Chateau de Santenay is one of the world’s leading and largest producers of wine in Burgundy. The beautiful chateau sits at the heart of the estate and there are a huge 98 hectares of vineyard. The fruit is packed with ancient heritage and the history of the estate is closely linked to the wine production history in the region.

The 98 hectares of Chateau de Santenay vineyard are spread across various plots across the Côte d’Or and the Côte Chalonnaise. The Burgundy varietals are at the heart of all wines produced and the vineyards production is a combination of the exceptional natural climate and terroir and the choice and implementation of specific growing techniques. The wine growers and makers at Chateau de Santenay take great pride in upholding the quality the estate has always produced. You can explore our range of quality Chateau de Santenay wines below.

Dandelion Vineyards

Bringing decades of experience and a family approach to wine production, Dandelion Vineyards have sites spread across Eden Valley, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, the Fleurieu Peninsula, Langhorne Creek and the Adelaide. Hills. It is a truly family run company with the skills and expertise in crafting wonderful wines passed down through the family.

Dandelion Vineyards grow their own grapes and source them from the best of the vineyards in their range. They separate single sites and single soil types where possible to ensure every variety and vintage is captured perfectly and provides the expression they’re looking for. You can explore a range of Dandelion Vineyards at The Fine Wine Company below.

Casa Marin

Casa Marin is a family business that all began with the lifelong dream of company founder and winemaker Maria Luz Marin. Found in the Chilean San Antonio Valley, Casa Marin incorporates 41 hectares of vineyards. Many of the vineyards are located on the steep hills which in turn create small microclimates with unique soils and more variety in their wine range.

With a focus on high quality, high value wines, Casa Marin produces elegant bottles which have a relatively high acidity level due to the terroir and temperatures in the area. They produce wines of many different types from unusual Sauvignon Gris to Pinot Noir. You can explore the Casa Marin range at The Fine Wine Company below.

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Break out from your Wine Rut: British Drinkers not keen on Switching Wines

Research carried out in October 2016 by the Co-Op supermarket found that over 50% of UK wine drinkers have chosen the same tipple for at least ten years. Reasons such as fear of the wrong choice, knowledge of their chosen wine or avoiding disappointment were cited. As wine drinkers get older they tend to get less experimental according to the research and the wines which are most likely to be chosen and stuck with are firstly Pinot Grigio then Merlot Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and then Rioja. There are fantastic examples of all these wines but it is a bit of a shame that so many Brits are missing out on so many other wonderful flavours. Here we’re looking at some of those firm favourite wines and suggesting some alternatives.

If you Love Pinot Grigio…Try Gavi

Cortese di Gavi is a popular Italian white but not as popular as it could be. They have a crisper, drier more animalistic mineral flavour than Pinot Grigio but many examples are packed with freshness and a more complex profile than most Pinots. Try La Giustiniana, di Gavi Montessora.

If you Love Merlot…Try Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is quite a popular red but if you’re looking to move away from a favourited Merlot it’s a great place to start. Pinot Noir was first conceived in Burgundy but you can find fine examples from around the world and it has a medium to light body which is palatable if you’re not used to full-bodied thicker-tasting reds. In our collection you can find the Hugel, Classic Pinot Noir, 2012 and you won’t find a more classic Pinot Noir flavour.

If you Love Chardonnay…Try Riesling

German Riesling is often ignored because wine lovers consider it ‘too sweet’ but there are plenty of quality, flavourful dry Rieslings on the market. It is such a versatile wine and it has been dubbed the Sommelier’s Friend because of how often its recommended and how satisfying it is. Try this Weingut Letz EINS-ZWEI-DRY Rheingau Riesling to enjoy something different to your usual Chardonnay.

Trying new flavours and different wines gives you more scope for enjoying even more high quality wines. There is nothing wrong with having a favourite but you may discover a new one if you step outside your comfort zone.

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Seven of the Best South African Wines

The popularity of South African wine is no surprise, the flavours cooked up in the fantastic climate are truly memorable. There wines should be celebrated, whether rose, red or white and whatever you’re looking for. Here we’re looking at just seven fantastic South African wines and whether you want to buy South African white wine online or just simply want to explore the reds available, it is worth considering all of our suggestions.

The Drift Farm Moveable Feast, 2013

The Drift Farm Moveable Feast is a beguiling Shiraz which is rich in mulberry flavours enhanced with white pepper and a toasty vanilla-rich oak. There is even an undertone of caramel chocolate and the tannins are smooth, long and satisfying. It will age gracefully for up to 30 years if you choose to hold onto it.

Acacia Tree Pinotage, 2015

Produced in the Western Cape region, this Acacia Tree Pinotage is a light and approachable red with plum and blackcurrant notes. Soft rounded tannins make it all the more drinkable and it has stylish and attractive packaging too, which is always a nice addition.

Gabrielskloof Rosebud, 2016

The name gives you a clue about what this aromatic rose is trying to deliver in its flavour. Gabrielskloof Rosebud is floral and fruity and has a moreish and surprising rose note. Complex in flavour the rose undertones are followed up with papaya and melon in a fresh yet not overwhelming combination. The addition of Syrah into the blend gives the wine an unexpected spiciness too.

Newton Johnson Felicite Rose, 2016

The Newton Johnson collection of wines has been producing dry roses in the Felicite style since 1998. This beautifully dry and moreish rose has been replicated in several vintages, including Felicite 2016. The flavours of this now well-known Newton Johnson wine include fresh pomegranate paired with just a touch of cherry and a welcome hint of spice. It ends with a tang of acidity.

Iona Sauvignon Blanc, 2015

Produced in the Elgin region by Iona, this simple yet aromatic Sauvignon Blanc is a fine example of what a fine white South African wine can taste like. Mineral notes blend with a herby freshness and there is a subtle yet appealing touch of gooseberry too.

Acacia Tree Chenin Blanc, 2015

A second entry for Acacia Tree on the list and using the same high quality packaging and labelling. This Acacia Tree Chenin Blanc is rich in stone fruit flavours with a touch of spice and plenty of fresh and clean citrus. It has a simple flavour profile which doesn’t disappoint and is highly versatile.

Martin Meinert La Barry Sauvignon Blanc, 2015

Martin Meinert named this particular Sauvignon Blanc after his wife Leigh Anne Barry, affectionately known as La Barry. It is grown in the cool Elgin region and it has a surprisingly complex flavour which has highlights of green gooseberry and fresh, herby nettles. There is also that familiar hit of fresh citrus and a gentle finish which tapers out.

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German Reds: There’s More to German Wine than Riesling

A high quality German Riesling is a wonderful thing but many people leave their sampling of German wine there. If you haven’t explored what Germany has to offer, then you are really missing out and their reds in particular should not be ignored. Choosing to buy German red wine online gives you the chance to look into what’s available properly and gain a better understanding of the grape varietals and popular reds from the country. Here we’re looking at the main red grapes grown in Germany.

Spätburgunder

Spätburgunder or Pinot Noir is a common worldwide red grape but it is very popular in Germany. Germany is known for having one of the best microclimates for this notoriously difficult to grow grape and Germany is in fact the world’s third largest producer of Pinot Noir wines, such as our Knipser Kalkmergel.

Since German wine has grown in popularity so has the quality of their Spätburgunder has improved. Some of the German Pinot Noirs now compete against the top names on the market and the process of ageing of many of the German wines, using traditional French oak barrels, they have a velvety and smooth texture. What’s more, German Pinots come with a great price tag.

Gewürztraminer

Gewürztraminer is probably the best-known German red grape varietal, although it had a less than positive reputation for many years. It is only produced on a relatively small scale in Germany and it is a highly adaptable grape which makes it easy to make all kinds of wine from the driest to the sweetest dessert wines. It has a signature floral note in its flavour which immediately tells you you’re drinking Gewürztraminer.

The grape is produced in low yields in Germany so this does mean all the different diverse flavours it can produce are not always all on display. Usually you’ll find Gewürztraminer used in sweeter German wines.

Dornfelder

Dornfelder is one of the less common dark-skinned red grapes grown in Germany. German red wines are known for their pale and light character so the Dornfelder adds a new dimension. It was created at the grape breeding institute in the Württemberg region in 1955. It is easier to grow than other red grapes in Germany, even easier than Pinot Noir and it has a velvety texture that you would expect from a good red grape and fresh berry flavours, as well as a hint of stone fruit.

German wine is much more than the occasional glass of Riesling and once you begin to explore, you will see there are endless possibilities.

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Five Amazing Argentinian Whites You Have to Try

The flavours of a good Argentinian white wine are versatile and when it’s time to buy Argentinian white wine online, it pays to have a choice to browse. You may already have a favourite but looking through some of the other options on the market may be your chance to find a new favourite. Argentinian wine producers are diverse in their winemaking methods as well as their choice of flavours and grapes, so there is plenty of variety to choose from. Below are just five amazing Argentinian whites you should handle.

Tilia Mendoza Chardonnay, 2013

A good Argentinian Chardonnay offers the authenticity you’d expect from a good Chardonnay with a distinctly Argentinian twist. This Tilia Chardonnay is in a classic straw-yellow shade, with glimmers of soft green. It is rich is bold tropical fruits with peach and pear also coming through. Its floral on the nose and the fruity freshness is layered with sweet and aromatic vanilla, as well as oaky spiciness. This beautiful fresh and slightly acidic Chardonnay is named after the Linden Tree which is common across Argentina and it is made at Bodegas Esmerelda.

El Esteco Cuma Organic Torrontes, 2016

Torrontes is a native Argentinian grape and has a bright and refreshing character, as you’d expect from a good white wine. This particular bottle is organic too. El Esteco Cuma Organic Torrontes 2016 begins with perfume-like floral notes of rose petals and heads into exotic jasmine with zesty citrus fruits coming through. The Torrontes grape varietal is known for its orange and orange blossom flavours and this El Esteco offering perfectly captures the flavours of the grape.

Tarquino Sauvignon Blanc

An Argentinian Sauvignon Blanc with an extremely pale colouring and fresh grassy flavours, this Tarquino Sauvignon Blanc is a wonderful example of how fine an Argentinian white can be. Crisp and clean on the finish and fresh and fruity on the nose, this Sauvignon offers that freshly cut grass aroma and ripe grapefruit, citrus freshness and sweet succulent peach on the palate. It is highly acidic, vibrant and bright.

Familia Zuccardi Chardonnay, Q 2014

Familia Zuccardi is one of the better known Argentinian wine producers and this Chardonnay is another fine example of how great Argentinian Chardonnay can be. Straw yellow in colour with the occasional green hue, Familia Zuccardi Chardonnay Q 2014 mixes up orchard and citrus fruits. Pears and white peaches mix with a little citrus freshness. The Chardonnay is aged well and as such has a little welcome spiciness, floral character and even the subtlest notes of buttered toast. Chardonnay Q 2014 has a particularly long aftertaste, which anticipatingly lingers.

Argento Pinot Grigio, 2014

Argento is one of the older Argentinian wine growers in the Mendoza Valley. Founded in 1998 their beautiful wines have been enjoyed around the world. This fresh Argento Pinot Grigio is rich in pineapple freshness and peach flavours. A more aromatic nature is lent to the wine with camomile notes and other floral aromas which lead to a wonderfully fresh and gently fruity wine.

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Argentina’s Pride: A History of Argentinian Red Wine

Argentina is known for many things from the tango to Lionel Messi, but it is also very well known for its Malbec. Argentinian Malbec isn’t the only red wine the country is known for but it is definitely the most famous. Argentina is the world’s fifth largest producer or wine and if you’re looking to buy Argentinian red wine online, there is plenty to choose from. Before choosing that perfect bottle though, let’s take a look at the history of red wine in Argentina.

 

Malbec arrived in Argentina in the 1800s. The governor Mendoza at the time, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento hired the French agronomist Miguel Pouget. Pouget was tasked with the job of bringing grapevine cuttings from France to Argentina. Within these vines was the first ever Malbec vine to be planted in Argentina. Once planted it became hugely popular with wine growers because it adapted brilliantly to the terroir of Mendoza.

 

From around 1885 to around 1920 Malbec spread around the wine growing regions of Argentina and it because the most planed red grape in the whole of the country. Unfortunately, progress slowed when lower quality high yielding wines took over during the 1960s.

 

Many old and potentially fruitful Malbec vines were uprooted and destroyed and it soon fell out of popularity and so few wine producers were growing it. Strangely though, it was a downfall in Argentinian wine in general that saw Malbec reemerge. Wine had always been the drink of choice in Argentina, due to its cheap price and it was drunk at both lunch and dinner almost every day. Wine consumption began to decrease rapidly though, when beer and soft drinks rose in popularity.

 

To keep the Argentinian wine industry alive growers began to realise they’d need to produce wines that could be enjoyed overseas and this meant changing their approach to production. The Malbec varietal began to be improved on and enhanced. The Malbec grown and produced in Argentina slowly but surely improved in quality and it was easily marketed as the grape of Argentina.

 

One of the leading wine pioneers in Argentina is Nicolas Catena Zapata and he paid particular notice to Malbec and its renewed popularity. His independent studies of Malbec and the terroir of the Mendoza Valley allows for high altitude grape growing up in the Uco Valley, and even higher Malbec yields.

 

You only have to look back twenty years or so to see an Argentina which had fallen completely out of love with its most popular grape varietal. Today though, it is back in pole position as the most planed grape and one of the world’s favourite red wines. If you are looking to buy Argentinian red wine online and are not sure where to start, it makes sense to go with Malbec to begin with. There are other reds worth considering too, such as an Argentinian Bonarda or Cabernet Sauvignon.

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On the grapevine: Müller-Thurgau

Müller-Thurgau is a vine which we know less about than we should, considering it makes up a considerable percentage of all the vines grown in Germany. It is a white grape variety which was created in the Swiss Canton of Thurgau in 1882 by Hermann Müller. It is mainly used to make wines in Germany and Austria but it is also found in other regions including Japan, Slovakia and New Zealand. The grape was first created by crossing Riesling with Madeleine Royal.

It is one of the leading grapes planted in Germany, it has a reputation which has been less than positive in the past but in the present day Müller-Thurgau wines are crisp, easy to drink and very popular in Continental Europe and beyond.

Müller-Thurgau has had a leading role in the German wine industry since the 1980s and into the 1990s and it was only in the 2000s when a real boom in Riesling happened and Müller-Thurgau’s popularity lessened slightly. The versatility that the grape offers makes it particularly popular and it is enjoyed by people of all tastes and particularly liked by wine novices.

It is a grape which grows relatively easily and it provides consistently high yields which further boosts it popularity and with a little focus from some wineries, it has become a more enjoyable wine and not simply one which can be mass produced. It is a wine best enjoyed in its youth, as quickly as possible and it has a light and refreshing flavour which has made it more popular and enjoyed beyond the borders of Germany more frequently.

As well as producing singular Müller-Thurgau wines the grape is often combined with others to create interesting and vibrant offerings such as the Tomas Cusine, Auzells, 2014 in our collection which combines the grape with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Macabeo for a fruity fresh and fragrant end product.

Though this is a grape which has often found itself in the shadow of Riesling and other similar varietals, it is certainly worth sampling.

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Piedmonte Reds

Sitting just where the Borbero and Tanaro rivers meet, Piedmonte is located in the southeast area of Turin, in the northwest of Italy. Considered to be one of the three main Italian winemaking areas, the Piedmonte region is split into two main areas, Alba to the southwest, home to Dolcetto, Barbaresco and Barbera, and then Asti in the southeast.

Italy may only be a small country, but it produces an impressive 8 billion bottles of wine per year, and Piedmonte is one of the leaders of quality Italian wines. The region has seen newer, more modern winemaking techniques being introduced, that use new oak barrels to add a touch of vanilla, to give a lovely effect of counter-balancing the acidity and tannin and acidity. which naturally develops.

The hot climate of Piedmonte is ideal for Nebbiolo, a late ripener that ages superbly produces wine with a high tannin, and just the right acidity, with scents of mint, liquorice and rose. With its spicy fruit cherry flavours and hints of violets, the Massolino, Langhe Nebbiolo, 2013, gives an immediate fragrance. From a long, slow vintage, this striking 2013 gives out pure Nebbiolo perfume of dark cherry, anise, wood spice and subtle hints of dried fruits. With a silky texture, it finishes with a pleasant buzz of freshness on the finish.

Vigne Marina Coppi is a family-run estate situated on the hills of Castellania in south-eastern Piemonte. Established in 2003, Only 25,000 bottles a year are produced from the four hectares of vineyard, which are planted primarily with Barbera, alongside some Freisa and Croatina grapes. Vigne Marina Coppi, Barbera Sant Andrea, 2013 is young wine, with an intense ruby colour and aromas that are full of notes of wild strawberries and cherries. Barbera has a rich deep colour and acidity, but is lighter in tannins. This impressive 2013 gives out Nebbiolo perfume of dark cherry, anise, wood spice and hints of dried fruits. Silky textured, it finishes with a lovely hint of freshness on the finish.

During and after fermentation, the skins are immersed for twenty days, to create the Barolo. Aged for at least four years in aged oak barrels, this lets the tannin and the acidity come through harder and stronger, G.D. Vajra, Barolo Le Albe, 2011 is a robust red that is improved with aging. This concentrated ruby has a broad orange-tinged rim and a cherry nose. Tastes of sweet strawberry fruit, combined with waves of grainy tannins, this wine’s tangy acidity turns up on the finish.

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5 Sauvignon Blancs to try

Sauvignon blanc is a green-skinned grape which originates from Bordeaux but is now grown by winemakers around the world, to create classic, vibrant and unique Sauvignon Blanc wines. It is a wine which is characterised by a crisp and dry flavour which is both refreshing and easily drinkable. Dependent on the growing region and the methods of the makers Sauvignon Blanc can be sweet and tropical or fresh and almost grassy in flavour. Here we’re looking at five Fine Wine Company Sauvignons that don’t disappoint.

 

La Place, Sauvignon Blanc IGP Cotes de Gascogne, 2014Bottle | Case
La Place is a classic French Sauvignon which is zesty and fresh in flavour, with light vibrant notes of just picked gooseberries and a hint of that tropical sweetness just mentioned. The unoaked palate keeps the flavour fresh and light and it is a wonderful wine to enjoy with white meats and fish.

 

Umbrele, Sauvignon Blance, 2015Bottle | Case
Grown in the shadows of the Carpathian Mountains, Umbrele Sauvignon Blanc is a wonderful example of Romanian wine can offer. This is another example of a light and zesty Sauvignon which is packed full of youthful character and refreshing citrus notes. There is also that sweet tropical edge to the wine.

 

 

The Frost Pocket, Sauvignon Blanc, 2014Bottle | Case
With those classic Sauvignon notes of freshly picked gooseberries and tropical sweetness balanced in perfect harmony the Frost Pocket is a fine example of Sauvignon done well. Produced in New Zealand where Sauvignon Blanc is one of their most popular and loved wines, The Frost Pocket is deservedly commended.

 

Tarquino, Sauvignon Blanc, 2013Bottle | Case (2014)
Tarquino is an Argentinian Sauvignon grown in the ever popular Mendoza region of the country. Vibrant acidity cuts through the sweetness of this wine with a refreshing bite and alongside those classic tropical notes you will also pick up peach, ripe grapefruit and a freshly cut grass aroma.

 

Greywacke, Wild Sauvignon Blanc, 2013Bottle | Case
Another offering from New Zealand but one that is a little different to others on our list, Greywacke is an alternatively styled Sauvignon which has the fresh flavours of apricot jam and lime marmalade mixed in alongside a doughy richness laced with tarragon. The palate is rich in juicy, ripe fruit and it ends with that crisp grapefruit note which you find in other Sauvignons. The depth and complexity of flavour in this wine makes it stand out as a little different from your average Sauvignon.

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Through the wine glass – Hungary

Hungary is one of many wine producing countries in Eastern Europe that are becoming more popular. Before 1989 wine was a commodity industry like any other in Hungary but now the world market is open to wine makers who want to show off exactly how fantastic their blends and wines are.

 

There are roughly 22 historic wine growing regions in Hungary which are spread across the country. The Danube runs north to south splitting Hungary in two, before running along the country’s northern border with Slovakia. As one of the newer, lesser known wine countries, Hungary has a lot to offer and their wide range of different growing regions means they produce a lot of wine and plenty of great styles to try.

 

A wide range of grapes are known to have originated in Hungary including Ezerjó, Hárslevelű, Irsai Olivér, Cserszegi Fűszeres and Királyleányka.

 

Hungarian White Wines

 

Hungary has many different white wine growing regions including Lake Balaton, Eger, Etyek-Buda, Tokaj and Mátra. The white wines produced in each region have their own unique character and stem from the fresh and aromatic to those with a high in acidity. The most famous wine region in Hungary is Tokaj and it is known for its warm climate and the perfect conditions for the creation of noble rot. Tokaj is known for the production of high quality dry whites, including Furmint.

 

Royal Tokaji wines are the most highly acclaimed and most popular of Hungary.

 

Hungarian Red Wines

 

Hungarian red wines are characterised by spice, which varies from region to region but the country is particularly known for producing robust reds. They produce a wide range of different wines, with leading varieties including Kékfrankos, Portugieser, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir and Merlot. The main red wine growing regions are in Eger, Sopron, Szekszárd and Villány. The last two of these regions are said to produce the best red wines in Hungary and through the use of well-known international grape varietals they are beginning to produce reds that are comparable to some of the best out there.

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Climate Change and English Wine

While we are often told that climate change is bad news for the environment, English winemakers are finding that their businesses are benefiting from the much warmer climate.

 

Global warming has been a great bonus to the English wine industry and helped to breathe new life into an old tradition. Previously, English wine production has struggled because of the country’s cold climate. But climate change has seen an increase in average temperatures during the summer and autumn, which is good news for ripening grapes. The summer is also getting less rain, which helps to contain certain diseases like botrytis cinerea and mildew, which can be devastating to wine crops.

 

The UK is also expected to see a significant rise in average temperatures during winter and spring, which would help to reduce the threat of late frosts ruining crops.

 

The growing popularity of English wines has also led to a huge increase in the number of vineyards popping up across the UK. English vineyards have experienced a growth of around 11% a year over the last decade. In 2013, there were just 1,884 hectares of land used for wine. This is grown to more than 470 vineyards and 135 wineries across the country. If this trend continues like this, then the amount of land used for wine in England and Wales is expected to double over the next seven years.

 

Applications to develop UK vineyards have also risen by more than 40% in the past year. Most of the UK’s winemakers can be found in the southeast of England, Hampshire and in the southwest. However, there has been an increasing number popping up as far north as Yorkshire, thanks to the increasingly warmer weather.

 

As UK temperatures continue to rise, there will be better opportunities for improved quality wines and we may also see new varieties being introduced, offering an exciting future for the English wine industry. However, as temperatures and crops are not always consistent and can greatly vary from year to year, wine producers may find it increasingly difficult to predict the outcome and success of their crops each year. Britain’s white wines are its strongest so far.

 

But at the moment, the future looks promising for English wine production. 2013 saw 4.5m bottles of English wine produced, followed by 6.3m bottles in 2014. Based on these figures, it’s expected that this will double with around 12m bottles of English wine produced per year by 2020.