Where are Grape Grown

Information about where grapes are grown

I’m sure you’ve seen pictures in magazines and brochures of grape vines growing in the beautiful sunshine of France, South Africa and Australia but there are also other less picturesque locations where grapes are grown.

In fact, the answer to the question ‘where are grapes grown’ could be anywhere as long as the conditions are right.

Grapes like any fruit or vegetable need the right conditions to grow and flourish. If they are being grown on a commercial basis they also need a lot more land than grapes only being grown for personal use. What ever scale and wherever grapes are grown on, there are a few things, amongst others, which are essential for a good crop:

  • Nutrient rich soil
  • Sufficient water, but not too much
  • Warmth

It is possible to achieve the essentials artificially if you are growing grapes in cooler climates by growing them in a glass house where you have full control over watering, etc.

So “Where are grapes grown?” We’ve already mentioned France, South Africa and Australia and if you think of the world as a globe the latitudes between France and Australia have some other great and also up and coming wine areas. South America, the countries around the Mediterranean, and the USA all produce excellent wine.

Some of them use the same grape varieties and achieve very different flavoured wines, showing that the growing conditions are very important to a wine’s flavour.

But….there’s always a but. Grapes are grown in countries which you wouldn’t expect. Ontario, Canada on the east coast has a temperature which is cold and wet some of the time, the Bekaa Valley in the Lebanon blends a local grape with Cabinet Sauvignon and a French – Chinese company has grapes growing in China.

But first prize for the most unusual place where grapes are grown has to go to a wine produced in Thailand. These Thai grapes are grown on the plain between the Chao Phraya River and the river Kwai, known locally as the ‘floating vineyards’.

So now if you’re ever asked ‘where are grapes grown’ you can say with confidence that they are grown all over the world in very different conditions and it’s nice to know that it’s not just the countries we are familiar with that produce good wine.

There are people out there who have difficult conditions to work with but still struggle with bad weather, soil and lack of sunlight to produce something which can be enjoyed. Good luck to them.

What Wine Goes with Turkey?

Good wine with turkey

Alas, it is time to have that lovely dinner you have been planning and you now face the difficult question all hosts must answer at some point, “What wine goes with turkey?”

This can be a tricky question!

The thing about turkey dinners is that there are usually so many different side dishes that each offer a unique taste, pairing a single wine that matches most of them is extremely difficult.  When it comes to turkey, you want to make sure you have the right balance of salt and spice to keep your taste buds happy.

White Wines

The great thing about white wines is that they go with such a large array of foods it’s hard to get it wrong when you pair one with a meal.  A good bottle of Pinot Gris will deliver a great blend of flavours with your turkey and side dishes.

If you aren’t looking for anything fancy but don’t want to ruin or mask the taste of the food, you can choose a simple Chardonnay.  This will bring out the dry, salty essences of the turkey but retain the juicy array of flavours from the rest of the food.

A Sauvignon Blanc or Riesling are also pleasant choices to accompany your meal.  They are not too intrusive and resemble an odd pairing of soft and crisp flavours that will compliment each part of your meal.

Red Wines

Got an affinity for red wine?  You can soothe your tastes and complete your meal ensemble by matching your heavy turkey and gravy flavours with the low tannin Pinot Noir.  This is a wine with a robust flavour, strong aromas, and a smooth feel.  Serve it slightly chilled and your guests rave about how good of a cook you are!

White Zinfandel

White Zinfandels are notoriously sweet and saturated with a large bouquet of flavour.  I find that the light texture and strong tannins work well with roasted turkey and sweet gravy.  Though, I would not recommend mixing white Zinfandel wine with a heavy peppered turkey as the fruitiness will not be tasted and you might end up with a tasteless meal altogether.

Sparkling Wine

You have other options as well!  If you want to spring for a more formal drink, you can try a sparkling wine.  Sparkling wines are available in whites, rosés, and reds and because they are more of a dessert drink, they can be served throughout the meal and well into the evening.

It doesn’t take much to figure out what wine goes with turkey, even for a novice host.  The most important thing to remember is that your nose and your taste will be the biggest deciding factors in what wine you choose to serve at your dinner.  If you like it, chances are your guests will too!

What Wine Goes with Italian Chicken?

Various Italian Chicken Dishes

Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala is an Italian chicken dish made with sweet Marsala wine. Marsala is a sweet red wine, which may seem difficult to pair, however the secret is in European off-dry wines.

Off-dry wines are wines that are not sweet but sweeter than dry. Two examples are Lambrusco from Italy and Riesling from Germany. Lambrusco is a sparkling red wine, while Riesling is a white wine. Both are available in off-dry versions (ask your wine seller) and both make excellent options when deciding what wine goes with Italian chicken.

Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan is an Italian-American classic.

Unfortunately, it can also be a bit heavy: fried chicken cutlets smothered in Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses and tomato sauce makes for a lot of action on your plate, and you need a robust wine to back up all the flavors.

Instead of thinking that you need a white wine to go with the chicken, match the strength of the dish with a red wine from the South of Italy, where the dish originates. Try a Neapolitan or Sicilian red with this hearty dish, the perfect answer to what wine goes with Italian chicken.

Chicken Francese

Chicken Francese is actually Italian for “French chicken,” and it is made by cooking chicken in a butter, white wine and lemon sauce. Pick the same white wine you use for the sauce to serve to your guests: the flavors will echo one another and match beautifully.

For this dish and the glass that goes along with it, your best bet is an unoaked white, like a European-style Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, although any dry white will work nicely.

What type of wine is Pinot Noir?

Pinot Noir is a red wine, but what kind of wine is it

Pinot Noir is a red wine, but what kind of wine is it, what does it taste like, what type of wine is it? I think the best way to describe Pinot Noir is to say that it’s fruity, delicate and full bodied and goes best with plain meat and fish. So what does that mean!

Let’s start with what type of wine Pinot Noir is considered to be.

We know it’s red. It comes from the grape of the same name which is also used in white wine and champagne and it’s the grape which makes Pinot Noir the type of wine that it is. The grape is considered very difficult to grow because the skins are very thin and easily damaged by frost, mould and disease. Their delicate nature means that the wines they produce are considered precious and sophisticated.

Even though it is classed as difficult to grow the Pinot Noir grape is grown in many countries. Probably the most famous is the area around the Côte d’Or or “Slope of Gold” in France, but Italy (where it is known as Pinot Nero), the USA, Australia, South Africa, UK, Switzerland, Austria and South America all grow grapes in some areas. The grapes prefer cooler climates and like well drained and chalky soil, they like morning sun; and a little afternoon shade, just like the Europeans.

So what kind of wine is Pinot Noir?

It’s not heavy or acidic but soft and silky. It’s fruity, smelling of strawberries and cherries and if left to mature earthy and full bodied. On our website we have over 30 different Pinot Noir wines and by reading the descriptions you will see that they all have different characteristics, here’s just a few….

  • Vibrant the aroma of fruity berries
  • Spice and subtle oak
  • Dark and delicious, medium bodied
  • Plucky, spicy and savoury
  • Dark, rich and mysterious
  • Red cherry, strawberry and cherries backed by a toasty oak flavour

So, now you know what type of wine and what kind of wine Pinot Noir is give it a go.