Get hands on and train your taste buds to learn about where your wine comes from, how flavors are developed and the wine regions of the Old and New World.
Several styles of wine: Still, Sparkling, Fortified. These styles are made from red or white grape varieties.
Around 5000 Vitis Vinifera varieties in the world. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay represent only 3 of them! Vitis Vinifera is the species that produces fine wine in the world.
Wine is made all over the world, in many countries in both New and Old World countries. The vine species that most wine sold in the world is made from is Vitis Vinifera, which originates from Far Eastern Europe. That is why Europe is considered Old World. All the other grape growing countries had to transport Vitis Vinifera to them once they were colonized. These countries are referred to as New World.
Vintage is the year of the harvest.Climate and various weather incidents such as frost, hail or excessive heat or natural disasters such as fires, earthquakes, landslides can impact the growing conditions and therefore the resulting wine from the year it was harvested.
Within every wine producing country there are demarcated regions that recognize ideal grape growing conditions for specific grape varieties. These regions usually fall within already politically demarcated areas such as states, territories, or provinces.
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