What is Grenache?

Grenache, also known as Garnacha, is one of the world’s most widely planted red grape varieties. Both Old World and New World vineyards are avid fans of the grape and to prove it’s popularity ‘World Grenache Day’ is celebrated every year on September 3rd. [title text=”Origin” style=”bold”] Whilst the origin of the grape is uncertain, experts reckon […]

Thirty grapes in thirty days: Merlot

Yesterday may have been about the unique and unusual but today we are talking about a true classic. Merlot! Merlot is a red grape famously known for being a component in the Bordeaux blend (along with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc). Merlot has been used in wine making since the 1700’s and is considered as […]

Thirty grapes in thirty days: Zinfandel

Zinfandel is California’s best known red grape. Although the grape originated from Europe, Zinfandel is renowned in California and is considered as ‘their own creation’. Zinfandel has been growing in the vineyards of California for well over a century. The the past thirty years Zinfandel plantings have doubled and the grape has become iconic in […]

Thirty grapes in thirty days: Montepulciano

Montepulciano is a medieval hill town in southern Tuscany, Italy. Montepulciano is also a dark, inky red grape most famously grown on the east coast region of Italy called Abruzzo. Montepulciano is commonly known in Abruzzo as the mountain wine. The terrain in which it is grown and the altitude at which each grape is […]

Thirty grapes in thirty days: Pinotage

So yesterday we have Pinot Grigio, today we have Pinotage! Many people might assume that because of it’s name Pinotage is very alike to Pinot Noir. Yes they are both red grapes, yes they are (technically) related but their styles are actually very different. Pinotage has actually been compared to Shiraz! In winemaking a cross […]

Thirty grapes in thirty days: Chardonnay

Chardonnay is our grape for Day 3. Contrary to what many people might think Chardonnay can have a wide range of flavours and doesn’t have to be oaked. The varietal is believed to have originated from Lebanon but perhaps one of the most famous regions for Chardonnay is Chablis, Burgundy. Did you also know that […]