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Stellenbosch, the great South African wine area

 TAGS:Italy, France, Spain, United States ... Now the big wine producers will have to count with countries referred as the 'new world', (talking about wine aspects). There are many areas of the world where good wines are made, and among them, South Africa is an emerging area that stands out for the quality of its wines. It has 100,000 hectares of vines, being the seventh largest producer of wine.

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Discover the wines of Lazio

 - Italy is famous for its gastronomy, but also for its wines, young, strong, aged, of long tradition... 

In the region of Lazio, whose capital is Rome, the wines are very recognized, mostly the whites, thanks to the Trebbiano grape. The most popular is the one from Frascati, called "wine of the Popes", also white, which in addition to the grapes of this region, is elaborated with Malvasia, offering a fresh fruity aroma and a sweet taste of better quality. 

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The Italian grape Nebbiolo

 TAGS:The wines of Italy are recognized all around the world, and their character and good taste are due to grape varieties such as Nebbiolo, typical of the Piedmont region in northern Italy. It's a really valued red grape variety, grown only in this region and in some South American countries, but to a small extent.

The intense dark color is quite characteristic of other varieties of red grapes and it has a somewhat late maturation (sometimes, around November) than other red grapes that originate here. The wines elaborated from Nebbiolo grapes thanks are high quality and offer an intense ruby and burgundy color.

Its aroma is varied: ripe fruit (cherry, plum...), truffles (abundant in this Italian area), wood... and the flavor is strong and slightly acidic. Bear in mind that these are wines with an important alcohol content, which is usually about 14°, approximately.

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The worst summer in 50 years for the Italian wine harvest

 TAGS:Italian wine harvest suffers the worst summer in fifty years. The stifling heat that Italy has suffered during the summer months has been the guilty of disastrous harvests which has made the producers to lose up to 20% of the estimated volumes in some cases. The regions of Tuscany and Lombardy have been the most affected by this weather.

However, if we talk in terms of wine as a business these results can be interpreted differently. What for the producers means significant liquidity losses to the final buyer can be an advantage.

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Wines and bubbles from Piedmont

 TAGS:No doubt, the Greeks were right to call Italy "Enotria" which means land of wine. The climate, its rich soils and, of course, its wine tradition help us find a wide variety of high quality wines. In fact, Italy is one of the largest exporters of wine in the world, and sparkling wines from Piedmont region are some of these.

To the North, by the Alps and divided by the river Po we find the region which has 1/6 of the vineyards across Italy. It is called Piedmont. This region has a unique climate, almost magical, in which warm, humid summers and long and cold winters are usual. It also surprises the autumn fog which covers it all with its white veil. In this climate born the strains that get those special wines that will captivate us from the first sip and which we will not be able to forget. Furthermore, Piedmont wines are elaborated mostly with indigenous strains and they have guaranteed quality by several designations of origin. Grapes used to make these wines have some very special characteristics.

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Pizza wine? Chianti, per favore!

 TAGS:The Chianti wine is light, aromatic, very fruity... they are the perfect soundtrack, ethylicly speaking, to live life and be loved. These wines come from the Tuscany region of undeniable beauty which provides the frame for contemporary classics as Stealing Beauty or Under the Tuscan Sun.

Diane Lane and Liv Tyler abandon themselves to love and good Italian wine in one hundred and twenty minutes of two films that can only show a small part of this wine region of Italy comprising provinces like Florence, Pisa, Siena, Arezzo, Pistoia, Prato and Rufina. Although these wines production was originally concentrated in the area of Siena, today there are eight sub regions in which it is produced.