Ask anyone with even the vaguest hint of wine knowledge to name a famous region.
What did they say? It’s likely they’ll mention somewhere in France, Italy or Australia. Maybe they’ll talk about the Napa Valley in California, or perhaps a South American region. What they are unlikely to say is Croatia, Canada or England.
That’s because the world’s great, established wine regions have built such a reputation over hundreds of years, and it’s exceedingly hard for newcomers to dislodge them.
The finest wine regions on the planet have a rare combination that comes together for the perfect terroir – climate, soil, topography and no small amount of winemaking skill.
These wines command the highest prices and take pride of place in many fine wine cellars, but at the Vintec Club, we always believe there’s room for more. Here are three up-and-coming regions to consider when adding to your wine collection.
Dalmatian Islands, Croatia
With a name like that, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the Dalmatian Islands were home to hundreds of spotted dogs running about, but that’s not quite the case.
Rather, you’ll find a Croatian wine wonderland that dates back centuries – to before the days of the Roman Empire.
It may seem unfair, then, to label such a region as ‘up-and-coming‘, but the reason for this is because its bounty rarely leaves Croatia – making a bottle from here an even greater find.
Niagara Peninsula, Canada
Canada? A country of sky-piercing mountains, endless snowstorms, crystal lakes and sprawling forest.
The word ‘Niagara‘ largely means only one thing to people, too – the famous falls. How, then, is the Niagara Peninsula gaining a name for itself as a sumptuous wine region?
It’s deceptively simple. The southern reaches of Ontario stretch further south than the revered region of Bordeaux, France.
Additionally, the soils of the area are laden with essential minerals, and the temperature is consistently moderate. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive here, and the number of wineries in Ontario attract just shy of 2 million visitors per year – so they must be doing something right!
The famous Finger Lakes are a short journey away, too – another fantastic wine region in its own right!
The south of England
Few people realise that millions of years ago, when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, England used to be connected to France.
So? Well, southern England and northern France share similar chalky soil – the very same where iconic Champagne grapes grow.
The Gallic nation enjoys rich, quality sunshine – far more than grey, overcast England – but global warming will soon have a little to say about that. England grows hotter year-on-year, and British farmers are taking full advantage, with former produce fields being reinvented as vineyards.
It may take a fair while for English wine to gain a foothold in the fine wine market, but what intrigue you’ll instigate when pulling a bottle from your fine wine cabinet – cheers, mate!
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