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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,…

Your Cheat Sheet to the Wines of Cyprus, Part I

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Reading Time: Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean with an area of 9,251 square kilometers. Situated at the northeastern end of the Mediterranean basin, the country lies at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Due to its geographical position, Cyprus’s history is marked by turbulence and its culture shaped by different influences—from…

The Unstoppable Progress in the Georgian Wine Scene

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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…

Facing Our Fears: Cypriot Wine

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Reading Time: Renowned wine critic Jancis Robinson said in 2013, “Some of the worst wine I have tasted since I started writing about wine was what was available the one time we went on holiday to the far-eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus in 1983.” That may have been a long time ago, but that line was…

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…

Exploring the Different Expressions of Georgian Wine

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Reading Time: In November, as part of our book launch and promotion, we had a signing session along with a wine tasting class at 8000 Vintages in Tbilisi, Georgia. 8000 Vintages is located just about a 10-minute ride from the popular tourist zone in the Old Town. The name represents the age of Georgia’s winemaking…

Exotic Wine Travel’s 16 Wines of 2016

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 Reading Time: Hello, thirsty readers. It’s the time of the year again. Round-up, conclusion, evaluation, assessment, goal setting, what a load that only wine can make it lighter and better! Let’s make WINE great again. We’ve been traveling full-time for wine for nearly two years, but 2016 is particularly significant because it marks our first…

Fine Turkish White Wine from Bozcaada

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Reading Time: Bozcaada is a tiny Aegean island off the coast of Turkey. It used to belong to Greece and was known as Tenedos. Tenedos is reputed to be the hiding place for the Greek ships in the famous battle for Troy, which happened on the Turkish mainland about five kilometers away. Bozcaada has always…

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