Discover one of the travel trends of the moment, grown about 25% only in 2015. Wine tourism is driving crazy more and more travellers. From the well-known Portugal to the beautiful Croatia, passing by Austria’s green hills. Here there are the lesser-known wine regions of the world, and why it would be better to discover them right now.
Among the lesser-known wine regions, Georgia is really a place to discover. Accordingly to the latest case studies, there are 524 kinds of grapes legally registered here; moreover, they produce excellent wines both red and white. In particular, it is well known the khvanchkara, a sweet wine produced with grapes of the Racha-Lechkumi region. It’s said that this very wine was also Stalin’s favourite.
Among white wines the most notable are the Pirosmani, whose name is a tribute to the namesake Georgian painter; the Mtsvani and the Rkatsiteli, both made with the same grapes from which they are named. Now there is one more reason to travel and discover this wonderful region, lesser known for its wine skills.
Gerìa Valley, Lanzarote
Lanzarote is really one of the less well-known wine regions of the world. And the reason is clear. When we think about wine varieties, normally we imagine them growing on green hills, tall and lush.
The Gerìa Vallery produces Malvasia, Lanzarote’s typical wine. Yet its vineyards have got something unique: they are not more than 30 centimetres tall and are black as night. Moreover, they are placed under one layer of volcanic lava and then surrounded by a wall of lava stones. In fact, the strong wind that blows on Lanzarote could be too dangerous for the vineyards. Only in this way they can be protected.
The Algarve has got the record for the sunniest region in all Europe. The average is 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. Placed in South Portugal, Algarve has got a total of 2,200 hectares of cultivated areas. The Mediterranean climate and all those sunshine hours make it possible for this region to produce both red and white wines.
Among the white wines, the most notable are the Mantedo, Siria, Fina and Arinto. All delicious because particularly strong and sturdy. Algarve’s red wines, instead, are perfect to be served on tables. The famous one are: Castelo, Syrah and Negra Mole.
South Stiria, Austria
For real wine gourmands, talking about Südsteiermark is pretty obvious. The truth is that Austria – and in particular South Stiria – are really well-known wine regions, but among the wine pros.
The high-quality of Austrian wines is as amazing as their varieties. It’s impossible to not talk about the White Sauvignon, maybe the most famous of this area. Other excellent wines are also the high-quality Muscat (Muskateller) and the Chardonnay (Morillon). Lumpy ground and steeper vineyards: all of this is produced on green hills. It’s probably for this reason that this region is called “the Austrian Tuscany”.
This Croatian region has actually been among the connoisseurs’ routes over a long time. Istria is indeed a place well-known among real gourmands to be the cradle of interesting vineyards.
Standing out among these are surely the Teran and Istrian Malvasia. Together these two kinds of grapes give birth to great products, from the production of classic Bordeaux to the closet wines in acacia’s barrique, passing by interesting sparkling wines to particular wines produced into big amphoras.
It is definitely the biggest wine region of Germany, also thanks to its geographic scope. In Italy it is better known as Renania and it is places in the west of the country, near Mainz city in the south. Together with the other German wine regions – Mosel, Pfalz and Baden – Rheinhessen is the main core of production of high-quality white wines. In particular, we are talking about the well-known Riesling and Muller-Thurgau.
It has to be considered that above 70% of the whole Renania’s production is spent on these white wines, with almost 3,000 cellars dedicated to them.
Mornington Peninsula, Australia
Australia is at the same time one of the most interesting and mysterious continents. Australian wine may even be less-known than French or Italian ones, yet they remain excellent and with an high-quality.
First of all, there is red wine. Mornington Peninsula‘s vineyards, placed in the south of Melbourne, are able to produced great Chardonnay and Black Pinot. This last one is considered one of the most difficult wine to produce, due to its unsuitability for most climates. Whereas, in the Mornington Peninsula, it seems that it has found is natural habits, probably thanks to the fact that the vineyards are surrounded by the ocean and enjoy a maritime climate.
Elqui Valley, Chile
This part of Chile is well-known among travellers as a mysterious place, linked to several alien sightings (!) during the years.
What we know for sure today is that in Elqui Valley there is basically a dry weather. And this was able to give birth to one of the best Syrah in all the Southern Emisphere. The Valley is placed between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes, with a distance of almost 500 kilometres from the capital, Santiago de Chile. Therefore, the sky is almost always clear and this allows great Syrah and Pisco production, the latter being a famous local spirit.
Charm and mystery: this Portuguese area is maybe one of the most intriguing from the wine perspective. The story of Colares’s vineyards is ancient and it gets us back to the XIX century. The Phylloxera’s parasite, especially widespread in most of the Europe, brought about the end of several great wines. Yet Colares was the only wine able to resist it.
Still today this great wine grows in Portugal’s lush lands, and it’s still harvested near the beach, never grafted and cured without any artificial machines. Also for these reasons, Colares wine is today a rarity, because there are few producers that are still able to make it by tradition. And this is why wine lovers will find that Portugal is a destination to visit as soon as possible.