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  • There’s more to wine than sav blanc and chardonnay

    14 April 2017

    Here’s your chance to try wines from several varieties that, although cultivated for centuries in Europe, are still new and exciting in our vineyards.

    Sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot gris are hugely popular in this country, but when you taste an albariño or grüner veltliner, different horizons unfold.
    Albariño, a fashionable variety in northern Spain and Portugal, is expanding here because its thick skins and loose clusters resist the autumn rain in wetter regions, notably Gisborne, and its wine has strong personality. Grüner veltliner, Austria’s favourite white-wine grape variety, is also stirring up lots of interest.

    Marsanne and roussanne are cultivated (and often blended) in the northern Rhône Valley of France. Verdelho is traditionally grown on the island of Madeira; arneis in Piedmont; vermentino on Sardinia and Corsica.

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