07 Jan Raise a Glass

Think Italy, think wine. Or should that be think Italy, drink wine? The country is home to some of the world’s oldest wine regions - Etruscans and Greeks were making wine here even before the famously hedonistic Romans got into large-scale wine production in 200 BC. Today Italy is the world’s largest wine producer after France. Grapes are grown in almost every Italian region of the country and around one in fifty Italians take part in the annual grape harvest. To truly appreciate Italy’s winemaking traditions, you really need to tour of one of the countries many vineyards. There are more than a million vineyards, so lucky for you, we’ve narrowed it down to three of the best. Remember to call ahead to book a tour.   Ceretto Aziende Vitivinicole, Alba, Piedmont The Ceretto family have been making wine for over three generations. With a vineyard that spans 140 hectares across four villages of the Piedmont’s Langhe, the family have made a name for themselves for their unique mix of wine cultivation and contemporary art. As well as the grapevines, the property features historic chapels and statues restored by notable artists and architects. Villa Vignamaggio, Greve in Chianti, Tuscany This 14th century villa was first built by the Gherardini family in the late Middle Ages. Brimming with luscious cypress trees, the villa features views of the Tuscan countryside e worthy of a coming-of-age love story. Sample the exquisite variety of Sangiovese wine, and stay overnight in some very luxurious, old-world accommodation. Planeta’s Cantina dell’Ulmo,...

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24 Jun Wine Country

  Top 7 French Vineyards Known for it’s incredible wine production, it’s no surprise that there are hundreds of vineyards throughout France. And with so many options, it’s difficult to choose where to head to first! Of course, it’s difficult to make a definitive list, as each person’s tastes will change their wine preferences, but we’ve tried to cover all the bases with Panrimo’s top 7 French vineyards, in no particular order! 7.) La Voulte Gasparet – Languedoc France’s largest wine region is Languedoc, known for it’s relatively inexpensive table wines. If you’re looking for something tasty without breaking the budget, try a vintage from La Voulte Gasparet. One of the region’s top sellers, the vineyard has been kept in the same family for over six generations, and they're more than happy to welcome English-speaking guests. [caption id="attachment_855" align="aligncenter" width="980"] Is this heaven?[/caption] http://www.hugel.com/fr/images/img_home.jpg 6.) Domaine Hugel et Fils - Alsace Located in the white wine region on Alsace along the Rhine River, Domaine Hugel et Fils has been operating since 1693, run by the Hugel family. The estate is located within Riquewihr and the cellsars only accessible by foot. If you happen to make a visit, you’ll find rare vintages for sale on premises that are no longer available anywhere else! 5.) Didier Dagueneau – Loire Valley Didier Dagueneau was one of France’s most recent beloved winemakers. Residing in the Loire Valley, he sought to create the most perfect Sauvignon blanc in the world. Known for his exacting methods,...

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