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SubRegion: Médoc

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Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc


The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.

SubRegion: Sonoma County

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Mendocino County

SubRegion: Tulbagh

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Surrounded on three sides by the great Winterhoek Mountains, the vineyards of the Tulbagh district grow alongside orchards and fields of wheat.

Soils in the valley are extremely variable, from sandy soils on the valley floor to very stony soils on the mountain slopes. Summer temperatures are warm, although mountainous terrain creates numerous different micro-climates which can be used to great advantage.

With today’s high-tech water management and advanced viticultural practices, the true potential of this area is starting to be realised.

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SubRegion: Cachapoal Valley

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O Vale do Cachapoal, ou Bacia de Rancagua, é uma área localizada na região central do Chile, ao sul da capital Santiago, que se estende aproximadamente entre o paralelo 34º Sul e o meridiano 72º Oeste, onde se encontra a capital da Região de O'Higgins, Rancagua. Recebe esse nome pelo rio Cachapoal, que cruza a bacia.

Está delimitado pelo Norte pela Angostura de Paine, que a separa da bacia de Santiago, e pelo Sul, pela Angostura de Pelequén, que a separa do Vale Central.

Muito conhecido graças à grande atividade vinícola de exportação, junto com os Vales de Colchagua e Casablanca.

SubRegion: Speyside

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SubRegion: Weststeiermark

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SubRegion: Slovácká

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SubRegion: Velkopavlovická

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SubRegion: Mikulovská

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SubRegion: Valtellina

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Valtellina is an alpine valley in the far north of Lombardy, bordering Switzerland, from the village of Berbenno to Tirano. It's been producing wine for over 2000 years. Today it is known for its bright, cherry-scented wines made from the Nebbiolo grape variety, known here as Chiavennasca (after the nearby town of Chiavenna). These come in two forms: the standard Rosso di Valtellina and its powerful, dried-grape Sfursat (Sforzato) form. With a few years of bottle age, gamey, leather-like notes will develop, and the crimson will turn to garnet with a brick-orange rim – the visual trademark of Nebbiolo-based wines. Situated in the Rhaetian Alps, about 60 miles NE of Milan, some of the steepest slopes in Europe with the most striking landscapes of the Alps. Requires mostly hand-harvesting. The soils here are typically alluvial: gravelly, well drained and rich in silica. They are littered with larger stones, which gather heat throughout the day and release it in the evening. Many producers here also make wines using the Alpi Retiche IGT designation.

The thin skin of the Nebbiolo grape, unlike the varieties used to make Amarone, and the practice of minimizing the amount of tannin extracted during vinification, unlike the traditional style of vinifying Barolo, creates a Nebbiolo wine unlike any other. The bright, cherry flavors and rose and violet aromas that are unmistakably Nebbiolo are still there, but the tannic backbone is much lighter, less obtrusive. This is alpine Nebbiolo. It has more in common with the Nebbiolo (locally called Spanna) grown in the Val D’Aosta or the Nebbiolo from Gattinara or Ghemme in the alpine hills of Alto Piemonte, than it does with Barolo or Barbaresco.

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SubRegion: Znojmo

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SubRegion: Sierra Foothills

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SubRegion: Valle de Uco

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SubRegion: Maremma

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SubRegion: Otago

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SubRegion: Côtes d'Auxerre

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SubRegion: Napa / Sonoma

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SONOMA: The Yorkville Highlands AVA, approved in 1998, is located in the southwestern corner of Mendocino County, between Sonoma County's Alexander Valley to the South and Mendocino County!s Anderson Valley to the North. The region is 25 miles long, roughly in the shape of rectangle and bisected by Highway 128 which runs the length of the AVA. The region!s terrain is hilly and forested, with elevations ranging from 1,078 to 2,442 feet above sea level.
The distinguishing features of the Yorkville Highlands AVA are rocky soils with a high gravel content and the climate, which is cooler than Alexander Valley but warmer than Anderson Valley, and significantly cooler at night than the surrounding areas.

SubRegion: Entre-Deux-Mers

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"Part of the problem with the terroir of the Entre Deux Mers appellation is the lack of mineral elements in the soil and the massive amount of forest land." - The Wine Cellar Insider

SubRegion: Valle d'Aosta

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SubRegion: Highlands

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SubRegion: Aargau

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Is a regiion is Switzerland. Map on weinlagen-info

SubRegion: North Coast

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The North Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA) in California, covering more than three million acres, includes Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties, and portions of Marin and Solano counties. (see The Wine Institute for more information)

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SubRegion: Thurgau

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SubRegion: La Rioja Alta

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SubRegion: Chablis

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Chablis (Fédération de Défense de l'Appellation Chablis) | Chablis (Burgundy Wines)

2014 Vintage Notes:
"... a hybrid of 2004/2007 and 2010. The stone, citrus and limestone amalgam is exactly what we search for in Chablis as the style harkens to a day in the Cote de Beaune proper (1960's - 1980's) when wine was not meant to be consumed the week it was released, battonage was not used by all and new oak was rarely seen ... the texture is natural and 'of the vintage' not 'of the winemaker' .... Like Sancerre or the Loire in general, 2014 in Chablis is one of those rare years with extract and transparency. It appears to be a vintage for the "neoclassic" ages and those of us intent on cellaring the most terroir-driven (but still powerful) examples of vineyard, site-place and varietal will want to invest (heavily) in the magnetic and electric 2014's." - Jon Rimmerman

2018 Vintage Notes:
"There’s not that razor sharp Chablis acidity in 2018,” says Patrick Piuze. “But there is good definition of place. The dry conditions drove vines to drink deeper down in the soil profile." Single vineyards on weinlagen-info James Suckling

SubRegion: Hunter Valley

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SubRegion: Beaujolais

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Vins du Beaujolais (L’Union des Vignerons du Beaujolais)

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Wine Scholar Guild Vintage Chart & Ratings

# 2009 Vintage Notes:

"There will be a lot of absolutely delicious Beaujolais to try in 2009, as it is indeed a very good, atypically ripe and opulent vintage for Beaujolais. As others here have mentioned, the Louis-Dressner and Kermit Lynch portfolios cover many of the very best estates (with an honorable mention for importer Weygandt-Metzler), and just choosing from their strip labels is a very good jumping off point. As a quick primer, the three best Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages producers that I regularly cross paths with are the aformentioned Jean-Paul Brun and his Domaine Terres Dorées, Pierre Chermette of Domaine du Vissoux and Domaine Dupeuble from the Kermit Lynch's portfolio. I also find the Beaujolais-Villages from Joseph Drouhin consistently excellent and very classic in style and like all of this firm's Beaujolais, a completely underrated source for very top drawer Crus and B-Villages.
Amongst the Cru Beaujolais, it is important to keep in mind(again as folks have mentioned already) that certain villages tend to produce much more structured wines, and this will be very evident in a powerful vintage like 2009. In general terms, the wines from Moulin-a-Vent, Morgon and Cote de Brouilly are going to demand a bit of bottle age to really start to drink well in 2009, and these may not be the best growers to focus on when tasting through the vintage to draw your own conclusions. But in these appellations, if you keep in mind that what you are tasting is likely going to need five years of bottle age to really blossom from these crus, you cannot go wrong with Kermit Lynch's "Gang of Five" producers- Thevenet, Lapierre, Foillard, Breton are four of the five- as well as Georges Descombes and Louis et Claude Desvignes from Louis-Dressner. I also like very much the Morgons made by Louis Jadot and Joseph Drouhin for the big houses, and Jean-Paul Brun also makes a very good example of Morgon.
In Moulin-a-Vent, Louis Jadot's Chateau des Jacques makes a very good range- though always structured when young- and Bernard Diochon is excellent year in and year out. Pierre Chermette also makes superb Moulin-a-Vent and the Drouhin version is consistently exceptional. In Cote de Brouilly, the two most exciting producers are Nicole Chanrion and Chateau Thivin (both represented by Kermit Lynch). The Chanrion is usually very accessible out of the blocks for this very stony terroir (it is an extinct volcano), while the Chateau Thivin bottlings demand time and are usually tight and structured when young. Better to try the delicious straight Brouilly from Chateau Thivin if you want to drink one of their wines out of the blocks, as that never demands patience and is lovely.
In the less structured Cru villages, wines I particularly like are the aformentioned Clos de la Roilette in Fleurie (they are the Chateau Yquem of the village- though their vines are right on the Moulin-a-Vent border and the wine used to be sold as Moulin-a-Vent before the AOC went into effect, so they are a bit more structured than most Fleuries), Cedric Chignard, Jean-Paul Brun and Pierre Chermette are all very, very good sources. Domaine Diochon in Moulin-a-Vent also makes a good Fleurie, as does Joseph Drouhin. In general these will be more floral, open and sappy bottles of Beaujolais out of the blocks and they will be delicious from the get-go.
In St. Amour, Domaine des Billards makes absolutely brilliant wines and is one of my favorite producers in all of Beaujolais. In Julienas, Michel Tete is the star producer, but I also like the Drouhin bottling from here very well indeed. There are many more outstanding bottlings to be found scattered thorughout the crus and I am sure that I am forgetting several worthy estates, but this at least will give you a good "to do" list to get started with the vintage. The only '09s I have tasted thus far are the Joseph Drouhin wines, which I tasted through in Beaune in March, and they are deep, sappy and beautifully soil-driven. If all the other top estates have made wines in this style, then this is indeed going to be a very special vintage for the region. But with the wines from Morgon and Moulin-a-Vent, you may do better trying a few bottles from either the 2006 or 2007 vintage if you can find them well-stored, as these are less structured vintages and both are beginning to really drink well from these villages." - John Gilman

# 2014 Vintage Notes:

"The 2014 vintage in Beaujolais is absolutely terrific and probably, along with 2011, the best vintage in the region since 2005. The region has had a bit of a rollercoaster ride in the last few years, with an absolutely phenomenal vintage in 2011 (particularly for those of us who like to age our Beaujolais for several years prior to serving), one of the most difficult growing seasons in recent memory in 2012, a good, solid classic vintage in 2013, and now, again, another truly outstanding vintage in 2014." - John Gilman

"2014 [...] vintage is a return to the mineral-cracked freshness and explosive low-alcohol red fruit the cru level wines of this region are famous for but have lacked since 2010/2011 (without the potentially hard/green/diffuse/underripe character found in many 2012/2013's)." - Jon Rimmerman

"the 2014s exhibit lively berry and floral character punctuated by zesty minerality. The wines are concentrated yet not heavy, and show good structure without coming off as outsized. Many producers I visited in June described the wines as a hybrid of the 2010s and 2011s, combining the structure of the earlier vintage and the fruit intensity of the latter. As such, the 2014s, as a group, are hugely appealing right now but I have no doubt that they will reward another three to five years of aging. Many of the brawniest 2014s have the material to see them through a decade or more of life but by that point they’ll have little resemblance to most peoples’ notion of Beaujolais, so I’d advise drinking almost all of the ‘14s before they hit their tenth birthday." - Josh Raynolds

# 2015 Vintage Notes:

"Vinification will not be straightforward and the 2015 vintage will be a reflection of the quality of the winemaker." - Jean Loron

"the wines have the potential to age and evolve beautifully" - Michael Apstein

# 2016 Vintage Notes:

"a harvest of soft, amply fruity wines, though without the depth and density of the outstanding 2015 harvest." - Wine Scholar Guild

# 2017 Vintage Notes:

"Trade body InterBeaujolais has said the 2018 harvest in the region will “go down in history as a legendary vintage” alongside the likes of 2017, 2015 and 2009." - Rupert Millar

#2018 Vintage Notes:

"The heatwave of July and August led growers to anticipate rich, high-alcohol wines akin to the excellent, but atypical, 2015s. However, probably due to the reserves of groundwater accumulated prior to June 20th, the 2018s are, as a rule, fresher, with slightly higher acidity and considerably lower alcohol than their counterparts from 2015. There is, nonetheless, an appealing fleshiness or rondeur to many 2018s, which suggests they won’t keep for as long as the more mineral 2017s – which are really hitting their stride now – but makes them highly seductive from the word go.
Another interesting theme, which we encountered in wines from various domaines across different crus, is a Cabernet Franc-like leafy character towards the back of the palate, which contributes an extra degree of freshness and buvabilité." Will Heslop

SubRegion: Hawke's Bay

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The philosophy of Oyster Bay is to produce fine, distinctively regional wines that are elegant and assertive with glorious fruit flavours.
The Hawke’s Bay wine region is arguably the most exciting find in recent times for the cultivation of Merlot in New Zealand. Ancient alluvial river terraces provide for a superb mix of soils over gravelly, free draining subsoils, with an abundance of pure river water or irrigation.
With a temperate maritime climate, the vines are warmed by strong clear sunlight during the day and cooled at night by the sea breezes of the Pacific Ocean.
This is the unique environment in which Merlot produces its vibrant, fully-ripened varietal flavours.
Essentially, Oyster Bay Hawke’s Bay Merlot is about elegance and intensity of fruit. The hero is always freshness of ripe fruit, spice and soft tannins on the palate.

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SubRegion: Tequila

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SubRegion: Nelson

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SubRegion: Zürich

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SubRegion: Isle of Jura

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SubRegion: Napa Valley

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SubRegion: Central Virginia

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Monticello is the proper sub region in Virginia for King Family Vineyards, not Central Region.

SubRegion: Northern Rhône

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Guide to the wines and appellations of the Northern Rhone Valley -

The Rhône Valley/Le Vins de la Vallée du Rhône (Comité Interprofession des vins AOC Côtes et vallée du Rhône)

Regional History:
Phocaean Greeks established viticulture in the Rhone as far back as 600 BC, but until the 14th century the wines were not seen outside the region. The establishment of the Avignonese Papacy (1305-1377) brought fame to the region's wine-so much so that their Burgundian neighbors to the north banned wines from the Rhone in 1446, a measure that effectively cut off trade with England and other Northern European markets for over 200 years. Stretching southward from Lyon to just south of Avignon, the Rhone produces a wide variety of wines, with the appellations north of Valence producing the least (in volume), and the towns south of Montelimar producing prodigious amounts. As in other regions, the most interesting wines come from small farms. Saint-Joseph, in the northern Rhone, extends for some distance between Condrieu in the north to Saint-Peray in the south. The reds are made from Syrah and the rare whites from Marsanne and Roussanne, and Viognier.

### 2017 vintage ###
"The first red wines already tasted in the Northern Rhône promise a beautiful vintage, with a quality close to the 2015 or even the 2009 vintage" - NEWRHÔNE MILLESIMES

SubRegion: Südsteiermark

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Das österreichische Weinbaugebiet ist eines von drei des Bundeslandes Steiermark und umfasst 2.340 Hektar Rebfläche. Die Weinbaugeschichte geht bis in das vierte Jahrhundert vor Christi zurück. In der Monarchie gab es gegen Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts in der damals so bezeichneten Untersteiermark noch 35.000 Hektar Rebfläche. Damals zählten aber heute in Slowenien liegende Bereiche dazu. Der habsburgische Erzherzog Johann (1782-1859) stellte hier die Weichen für den steirischen Qualitäts-Weinbau durch Gründung eines Versuchs-Weingutes bei Marburg. Der Weißburgunder von der heute in Slowenien liegenden Riede Jerusalem zählte zu dieser Zeit zu den begehrtesten Weißweinen Europas.

Heute gliedert sich das südsteirische Gebiet in einen an der Grenze zu Slowenien liegenden Bereich und die westlich von Leibnitz gelegene Sausal-Region. Die wichtigsten Weinbaugemeinden sind Berghausen, Ehrenhausen, Gamlitz, Heimschuh, Kitzeck (Weinbau-Museum), Leibnitz, Leutschach, Silberberg (Weinbauschule), Spielfeld, St. Andrä im Sausal und Sulztal. Diese sind durch drei Weinstraßen verbunden, das sind Südsteirische Weinstraße, Sausaler Weinstraße und Rebenland-Weinstraße (auch Klapotez-Weinstraße).

Bekannte Rieden (Lagen) sind Altenberg, Annaberg, Anzried, Berggericht, Czamillonberg, Eckberg, Eichberg, Einöd, Graf, Grassnitzberg (mit Subrieden), Harrachegg, Hochberg, Kaiseregg, Kittenberg, Koregg, Kranachberg (mit Subrieden), Kreuzberg, Langriegel, Nussberg, Obegg, Oberglanzberg, Pfarrweingarten, Römerstein, Schlossberg, Schusterberg, Sernauberg, Sgaminegg, Speisenegg, Steinbach, Stermetzberg, Sulz, Trebien, Wielitsch, Wilhelmshöhe, Witscheinberg und Zieregg. Das Klima ist durch pannonische und südeuropäische Einflüsse geprägt. Die Niederschlagsmengen sind doppelt so hoch wie im Burgenland und in Niederösterreich. Das feucht-warme Wetter begünstigt die Ausbreitung von Botrytis. Als Bodentypen herrschen Schiefer-, Sand-, Mergel- und Kalk-Böden vor.

Der Rebsortenspiegel basiert auf der im Jahre 2009 durchgeführten Weingartenerhebung. Im Vergleich zur vorletzten Erhebung im Jahre 1999 ergeben sich bei den Sorten keine großen Veränderungen. Im Gegensatz zum sonstigen Rotwein-Trend in Österreich gab es eine leichte Steigerung des Weißweinsorten-Anteils. Die zwei Sorten Chardonnay (hier auch Morillon) und Weißburgunder werden in der Südsteiermark gemeinsam erfasst. Die Gesamtrebfläche vergrößerte sich um ein Drittel von 1.741 Hektar auf 2.340 Hektar

Single vineyards on weinlagen-info

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Is a region in Switzerland. Villages and vineyards on weinlagen-info

SubRegion: Wagram

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SubRegion: Mâconnais

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