Of Castles & Wine - The Lore Valley of France
The Loire Valley is the heart of France, famous for its natural beauty, magnificent châteaux and great wine. The region is rich in history and culture: Renaissance writer Rabelais was born here; Joan of Arc led French troops to victory in the Hundred Years’ War in the Loire; and, as the Cradle of the French Language, its residents speak the purest French.
The Wild West of Wine - Paso Robles
Paso Robles is a wine region for the wild-hearted. The town El Paso de Robles (which means Pass of the oak trees) was co-founded by Kentucky outlaws Frank and Jesse James’ uncle Drury around 1869. Today, Paso Robles is still considered by many as the wine industry’s wild west, characterized by that same rule breaking diversity and innovative spirit in which the town was founded.
The Valpolicella Wine Region of Italy
Valpolicella, known as the ‘pearl of Verona’, is a hidden gem just East of Lake Garda, Verona. Valpolicella is an intensely beautiful region whose name comes from “Val polis cellae” and means “valley of many cellars” and is characterized by the steep, vine-laced ridges that run alongside its gurgling mountain streams.
The Istria Wine Region of Croatia
Istria is a heart-shaped peninsula in the north-west of Croatia, where the hills are dense with truffles and the coast appears to glitter. This is the millennial’s Tuscany – the food is influenced by nearby Venice (Italy controlled the area until 1947), the verdant olive groves inland produce award-winning oils, the sea is Instagram blue and surrounds cobbled fishing villages.
The Dalmatia Wine Region of Croatia
Dalmatia is one of the four wine regions in Croatia and covers the area from the city of Zadar and its hinterland to the Konavle municipality in the far south. The southernmost region of Croatia, Dalmatia, is most often recognized as home to Dubrovnik, the iconic UNESCO city whose walls cradle its preserved stone buildings and rows of terraced stairs; a city which evokes an indescribable feeling of wonder that electrifies even the most seasoned world travelers.
Chenin Blanc in South Africa