Wine professionals by country: France, Spain, Italy
Our favourite country: Peru
France is currently the world’s number one producer of wine by volume. Nearly every type of wine imaginable is made in styles that vary from modern to very traditional. Composed by 17 wine regions, the sheer number of vines encourage a considerable diversity of wines for every taste. When it comes to what is grown in each wine region, the French have very strict controls on the varietals that go into any wine under the AOC system. Some regions are more clearly defined by a single varietal. Other regions grow a very wide variety of grapes and blends are common.
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With a wine history dating back more than 4,000 years and a climate ideally suited to viticulture, Italy is one of the most diverse winemaking countries in the world. The Etruscans, followed by the Romans, took a great interest in winemaking skills. Second in the world only to France, Italy has consistently been a world leader in wine production. Wine is made in all twenty regions and follows the European system of laws based on very specific geographical areas, grape varietals, aging requirements and other winemaking quality controls. Today, Italy is most noted for its noble reds such as Chianti Classico, Barbaresco, Barolo and Brunello but a wide array of popular white wines are also produced including Pinot Grigio, Soave and Arneis, as well as sparkling wines such as Asti and Prosecco. The depth and breadth of Italian wine encompasses everything from bone dry to ultra-sweet, red, white, rose, sparkling and fortified. From simple sippers to ultra-premium collectible treasures, Italy has it all.
Spain is an ancient wine-producing country that vies with France and Italy as the number-one wine producer in the world. Spain’s wine heritage is at least three thousand years old; vineyards in today’s Sherry region were planted by the Phoenicians around 1,100 BC. Wines from vines grown along the sunny Mediterranean coast and the cooler Atlantic coast were traded and consumed by the Romans… Until the end of the Franco regime, winemaking was sometimes typical of a pre-modern age. Grapes might be picked unripe, and red and white grapes could be thrown together into the fermenting pit… But since the reemergence of democracy, Spain has grabbed a larger and larger share of the international spotlight. Competing on the world stage has necessitated embracing the most sophisticated techniques both in the vineyards and the wineries, but certain iconoclasts haven’t abandoned the old ways altogether. Indeed, some still produce traditional; both modernists and traditionalists are making great wines. Today, Spain vies to be the top wine producer in the world.
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Peru : A history between Incas and Spanish Conquistadors.
Winemaking in Peru dates back to the Spanish colonisation of the South American country in the 16th century. With grape varietals arriving shortly after from the Canary Islands and landed in the port of Pisco. However, the largest and most prominent vineyards of the 16th and 17th century Americas were established in the Ica valley of south-central Peru. The region of Ica is formerly known as the capital of the everlasting spring and also known by its harvest festival (festival de la vendimia) which takes places in the second week of March. Peru is one of the most atypical countries for the cultivation of vines.
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