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Miani: The Stuff Wine Dreams are Made of

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Reading Time: Several months ago as we were planning our trip to Friuli-Venezia Giulia, we posted on Antonio Galloni’s Vinous forum seeking suggestions for “only the best wineries in Friuli”. One member responded, “There can only be one… Miani.” Our fate is decided. Enzo Pontoni is the owner, vigneron, and winemaker at the garage winery Miani….

Vouni Panayia: Confidence in the Cypriot Wine Grapes

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Reading Time: We love wineries that showcase a country’s indigenous varieties. In Cyprus, about 80% of the vineyards are planted with ungrafted, native grape vines. Nearly every winery makes a wine out of the indigenous white grape Xynisteri. Increasingly, more producers are making red wine from the native grape Maratheftiko. However, most producers also have Chardonnay,…

Best of Vinart Grand Tasting 2017: Part 1

Vinart Grand Tasting Workshop

Reading Time: The second annual Vinart Grand Tasting wine event was held at Lauba, a private-owned contemporary art gallery in Zagreb, at the end of February 2017. The event is the brainchild of renowned Croatian wine writer, Saša Špiranec. During the two weeks prior to the two-day public event, there was a series of masterclasses…

Tomac Winery: Leading the Charge in Croatia

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Reading Time: The Tomac winery and its seven-hectare vineyard plot are located in the small wine-growing region of Plešivica, a 30-minute drive southwest of Zagreb. It is often referred to as one of the—if not the most—refined sparkling wine producers in Croatia. The Tomac family has been making wine for over 200 years. Today, Tomislav Tomac,…

The Unstoppable Progress in the Georgian Wine Scene

Chateau Mukhrani UNWTO International Conference on Global Wine Tourism

Reading Time: Georgian wine is back on our minds. It took 18 months of non-stop travel through known and lesser-known wine regions to produce our first wine book. The same time that we were planning to release Uncorking the Caucasus, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) was hosting their inaugural Wine Tourism conference in…

Zagreb VINOcom: Gems from Croatia’s Largest Wine Show

Reading Time: Six months after our first trip through Croatia, we found ourselves back in the country. This time we attended the Zagreb VINOcom, the largest Croatian wine show. Over 200 Croatian wine producers were present, along with many culinary stalls featuring cured meats, smoked fish, and other local food specialties. The show is held…

Serbian Grand Cru on the Slopes of Danube

Reading Time: Following Serbia’s wine route has led us to many surprises. Many of the Serbian wines are excellent and show tremendous potential to lift the country onto the world stage of wine. Among those, one Serbian wine region stands out with the perfect soil, location, and climate for making world-class wines. In the far east…

An Introduction to Swiss Wine

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Reading Time: On the last week of our month-long stay in Armenia, we were invited to the home of the Swiss Ambassador to Armenia for a get-together. We thought it was a casual dinner but it ended up being a full-fledged tasting of Swiss wines paired with delicate finger food prepared by his wife who’s…

Ancient Wine Grape Varieties from Armenia, Georgia, and Turkey

Reading Time: Part of this article was originally published on Wine Folly. This article has been repurposed with their permission. This version of the article includes wine recommendations. The writing is done by Exotic Wine Travel and all images are produced by Wine Folly.  Somewhere in what is today’s Transcaucasia, mankind planted a new chapter in…

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