There are nations that are known for their scenic and abundant vineyards. Naturally you would think of major exporters such as Bordeaux (France), Hunter valley (Sydney) or Napa Valley (US). There are certain regions that produce great wine and yet remain a mystery to the wine enthusiast.
At Turners, we look for our wine suppliers globally. We spend a lot of resources to conduct research on the countries and vineyards that we source our wines from. And we try to look beyond the obvious cases such as France, Italy, Spain or South Africa. In that journey, we have discovered certain gems that are not so recognized. Check out our wine list at http://www.turnersrestaurantbirmingham.co.uk/wine-list.html
Don’t be fooled by the perceived conservatism and low alcohol tolerance in Morocco. It was a French colony in the not so distant past. Meknes has sprawling territories of vineyards and has been producing wine for a long time. After all, the Mediterranean nations are blessed with tropical, dry and sunny weather, which is ideal for harvesting grapes.
A piece of trivia. Georgia is perhaps the oldest winemaking nation in the world. Researchers have found evidence of vineyards from 6000 BC. They have a unique way to manufacturing the wine, in that they use the entire grape and also store the wine in clay vessels called qvevri. This adds a unique taste to the wines. Kakheti is a prime example of a traditional old-school city whose economy depends on its local families that own acres of vineyards.
Campo de Borja, Spain
There is never a wine producer list without one of Spain’s tiny gems. Campo de Borja is located in the province of Zaragoza. Just going there and looking at the scenic mix of vineyards, mountains and the sun is a beauty to behold. The region is famous for its Garnacha grapes.
Elqui valley, Chile
Chile as a nation is one of top wine exporters. Elqui valley is not the first wine region in Chile that springs to mind. The valley is located at one end of the Atacama desert and is famous for its Syrah grape. Our friends and suppliers at Elqui valley have known us for decades, and the region remains our largest supplier here at Turners.
Just exploring the wine regions of the world is gratifying. If you are a wine enthusiast, don’t limit yourself to the big names. Go beyond the Frances and Spains of the world and find hidden gems that were previously unexplored. Wine exporting remains a lucrative business.