We all know Italy and France are prized for their wines, but there are plenty of regions that can give these pours a run for their money. Next time you’re on the hunt for a bottle (or three) or looking for a wine-centric adventure, keep these up-and-coming regions in mind.
The flight may be long, but the reward (in wine) at the end is worth it. Some experts consider New Zealand’s array of Sauvingon Blancs to be the best in the world; New Zealand is often credited with putting Sauvignon Blanc on the oenophile radar.
Nothing pairs better with tapas than a glass of wine. Most famous for its red varietals, Spain is home to the largest acreage of vineyards in the world. The Rioja and Tempranillo regions are where some of the best wines are produced, but white wine aficionados will love the Rueda region’s crisp, cirtusy varietals, made from the verdejo grape.
Argentina continues to grow as a major wine producer. The Malbec grape is what made Argentinian wines famous, and is a noticeable difference from its French counterpart—Argentinian Malbecs are marked by their deep red color and intensely fruity flavors.
The heart of South Africa’s wine production is centered around Cape Town, along the Cape Peninsula. Try a glass of Shiraz (known as “Syrah” in other regions) or Chenin Blanc, the most widely planted grape variety in South Africa.
Portugal is most famous for Port, the fortified wine is made using a blend of different grape varieties from the Douro region. Because of its intensely sweet flavor, Port is best when paired with an earthy cheese or bites of dark chocolate.
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