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Wine Regions

Many regions of the world produce their own unique wines.

Vin de Constance - From Dickens to Fifty Shades star
Visitors to Klein Constantia are asking for ‘the Fifty Shades wine’. The Fifty Shades trilogy isn't the first to mention Constantia's sweet wine. Dicken and Jane Austin also sang its praises, and it was a favourite of Kings and Emperors. Peter F May visited the winery to taste Vin de Constance.

1855 Classification of Medoc and Sauternes star
You cannot talk about Bordeaux wines for long before there is a reference to the 1855 Classification. Peter F May lists the wines of the Medoc and Sauternes whose prices today are affected by a rating more than 150 years ago

A Dozen French Wines star
If you could drink wines from only one country which place would you choose? Peter F May suggests twelve from France

Adam Puchta Winery - Missouri star
Adam Puchta and Sons Winery near Hermann, Missouri, make great Norton. Peter F May visited and met Tim Puchta, sixth generation owner of the oldest continuously owned family farm winery in the United States.

Alsace Wine star
Alsace is France's northernmost wine region. Alsace wine bottles are tall and thin and look Germanic yet they are not alike in taste. Peter F May stayed in Alsace and considers its history, location and wines.

Bar Harbor Cellars Blueberry Wine star
Bar Harbor Cellars are growing wine grapes in the extreme cold of Mt Desert Island, Maine but their biggest success so far has been with local wild blueberries.

Beaujolais star
Beaujolais is a soft easy drinking red wine from France. Most famous from Beaujolais Nouveau released in November, but if you trade up there are some much better Beaujolais wines.

Beaujolais Nouveau star
Every November the new year's Beaujolais hits the marketplace, but does anyone care anymore? Peter F May looks at this once important event for wine lovers and the disastrous impact it has left.

Belgium star
Wine information about and from Belgium.

Beyerskloof Winery, South Africa star
Beyerskloof Winery specialises in South Africa's own variety Pinotage. Peter F May tastes a new wine and eats their signature Pinotage Burger.

Biltmore Estate, North Carolina star
America’s most visited winery isn’t, as you’d expect, on the West Coast. Nor is it in New York, or Virginia. It is in North Carolina, but Peter F May was underwhelmed when he visited Biltmore Estate's Antler Hill winery in Asheville NC.

Bordeaux star
Bordeaux wine region is the largest fine wine region in the world producing some of the most desirable collectable expensive wines at the same time as countless good drinking and reasonably priced quaffers. Peter F May considers Bordeaux.

Bordeaux Wine Futures star
Visiting a winery to taste wines and yet there is none to buy? Peter F May looks at the Bordeaux system of wine futures.

Burgundy, France star
Burgundy is both the easiest wine region to understand and the hardest and its wines are both the world’s most sublime and the most disappointing, says Peter F May.

California Wineries star
Listings and reviews of wineries around the state.

Ch de Pizay, Morgon, France star
Chateau de Pizay is a magnificent historic estate in Beaujolais, France, that houses a luxury hotel, spa and gourmet restaurant. However Peter F May was more interested in tasting the delicious wines they grow and make at he chateau.

Ch Mouton-Rothschild, Medoc, Bordeaux star
Ch Mouton-Rothschild is one of the five 'First Growths' of the Medoc and one of the worlds most famous, most desired and most expensive wines. Peter F May pays a visit and tastes a sample from the barrel.

Ch Tour St Bonnet - Medoc, Bordeaux star
Chateau Tour St Bonnet is in the Bordeaux Medoc appellation. Peter F May has been drinking its wine for many years and at last he visited the vineyards and winery.

Chablis - Chardonnay Personified star
Chablis has 4,700 hectares (11,600 acres) of Chardonnay vineyards producing one of the worlds most famous white wines, yet many people haven't drunk the real thing. Peter F May went to the town of Chablis to taste and learn about Chablis.

Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes star
Chateau Guiraud in Sauternes, south of Bordeaux was classified First Growth in 1855 and is a top producer of sweet wines. Peter F May paid a visit

Chianti Wine star
Chianti is one of the great wine regions of the world, says Peter F May. Italy's most planted black grape variety is Sangiovese and in Chianti it is king.

Church Road Winery, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand star
Church Road Winery has been in the same location for more than 120 years. It gained a good reputation for red wines. Peter F May toured the cellars and tasted its wines.

Cognac star
Cognac is one of the greatest brandies in the world, says Peter F May. But it starts life as basic wine made from unfashionable varieties.

Domaine de la Madone, Fleurie, Beaujolais star
Beaujolais is a compact wine region divided into ten wine appellations. Peter F may travelled the short distance from Ch de Pizay in Morgon to Domaine de la Madone in Fleurie and found despite their proximity the wines were distinctly different.

Dry Comal Creek Winery, Texas star
When adversity strikes, does a Texan give up? No, he finds an advantage and grows stronger than before. Peter F May visits Dry Comal Creek that came back from wipeout with a new and unique focus.

Florida Wine star
Will Florida be the next fashionable wine producing area? Peter F May doesn't think so. Florida has a lot going for it but is struggling to make great wines.

France's Wine Regions star
Each region of France stamps its character into its wine.

French Red Wine Decoder star
Will you be travelling to France? Few French wines name a grape variety on the label, and restaurants list wines by region rather than varietal. Peter F May's handy chart helps you find the red varieties you want when in France

Frithsden Vineyard - England star
There are more that 100 wineries and 400 vineyards in England. Peter F May visits a small boutique winery in Frithsden, close to London, and learned that mediaeval farmers knew what the owner discovered the hard way.

German Wines star
Have you explored the varied wines of Germany?

Germany star
Information about German wines and wineries.

Glenelly Estate, Stellenbosch star
When a widow in her seventies sells up, few travel 12,000 miles to start a brand new vineyard and winery in a new country. But Madam May de Lencquesaing is no ordinary woman. Peter F May visits her new estate and tastes her wines.

Les Bourgeois winery - Missouri star
Les Bourgeois winery, Missouri, is located on the banks of the Missouri River where they grow Norton and other American and hybrid grapes. Peter F May went to taste their Norton and stayed for a delightful lunch at the cliff top bistro with stunning views along the Missouri.

Mission Estate, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand star
Mission Estate Winery tasting rooms are housed in a historic mansion that took an unexpected journey. Peter F May visits to taste wines of this 160 year old wine farm owned by Catholic monks.

Mission Hill Winery - Okanagan star
Mission Hill Winery in western Canada's Okanagan Valley was named 2011 Winery of the Year in the InterVin International Wine Awards. Peter F May was one of the 100,000 visitors who come very year to taste wine, admire its architecture and views.

New Jersey star
The Garden State offers a wide variety of wineries and wine experiences.

New Mexico star
The US´ oldest wine area.

New York star
New York has spent the past decades building it´s wineries.

New Zealand North Island Wines star
The second edition of Johnson's 'World Atlas of Wine' published in 1977 doesn't even mention New Zealand. Nowadays very few restaurants and wine shops don't carry its wines. Peter F May looks at how this remote island's wines gained world fame.

New Zealand South Island Wines star
The first Sauvignon Blanc vines were planted in Marlborough on New Zealand's South Island in 1975. Within 10 years they were winning international acclaim and many now think of them as the standard for the variety. Peter F May looks at how an island thought too cold for vines became a world beater.

North Carolina Wines star
With 75 wineries opening in a decade, bringing to total to more than 100, North Carolina is hoping to be as famous for its wine as it was for growing tobacco. Peter F May pays a visit to this exciting new wine region.

Okanagan Ice-Wine at Inniskillin star
I am a devotee of ice-wine. I love its unctuous sweetness while appreciating the difficulty under which it is produced and that because of its expense it must be a special occasion when I am drinking it. So how could I miss an ice-wine vineyard tour and tasting? Peter F May visits Inniskillin's Oka

Okanagan's Indian Wines star
Okanagan Valley in western Canada is home to around 200 wineries and some of the best of them are located on an Indian reservation. Peter F May visits the North America's only winery owned by aboriginal peoples.

Oregon star
"Visiting an Oregon farm or winery presents a unique experience that reflects the personality and style of its owners. Most are family owned and delight in sharing their love of Oregon´s agriculture culture and lifestyle with visitors."

Port star
Portugal has given the world a great gift with Port wine. Peter F May looks at discusses this iconic wine.

Port - the wine of Portugal star
Port wine takes its name from the city that exported it. Peter F May visits Oporto and the Sandeman Port Cellars

Portugal's Quinta da Pacheca winery star
Peter F May visits the home of Port wine in Portugal and tastes the wines of Quinta da Pacheca

Raffaldini Vineyards, North Carolina star
Ray Raffaldini and his family have brought centuries old winemaking traditions from Italy to the rolling hills of North Carolina. Peter F May visited 'Chianti in the Carolinas'

RayLen Vineyards and Winery, North Carolina star
RayLen Vineyards and Winery in Mocksville, North Carolina, is majoring on the red Bordeaux varieties. Peter F May is impressed by their wines

Retsina star
Greek Retsina wine is made in a style that dates back more than 2000 years and Peter F May is a devoted fan.

Robbler Vineyards, Hermann, Missouri star
Robller Vineyards is a small family owned and operated wine estate just outside New Haven, on the south bank of the Missouri River between Washington and Hermann, Missouri. Peter F May visited to taste and learn about Missouri's State Grape -- Norton.

Robert Blanck Winery - Alsace star
Robert Blanck is the owner and winemaker of a small family estate winery in Alsace, France. Peter F May paid a visit.

Sancerre's Sauvignon Blanc star
Sancerre is a town on the River Loire and the name of a wine region famous for some of France's best Sauvignon Blanc. Peter F May starts his Loire visit in the town of Sancerre and visits winemaker Henri Bourgeois.

Seifried Estate - New Zealand star
Herman and Agnes Seifried created the first vineyard and winery on the South Island of New Zealand. Peter F May met them at a tasting in his home town and heard how an Austrian boy met a New Zealander girl and made a pioneering winery together.

Shadow Springs Vineyard, North Carolina star
Shadow Springs Vineyard in Hamptonville, North Carolina was a tobacco farm until new owners Chuck and Jamey Johnson started planting grapes in 2005. Peter F May visits to taste red wines, but one has a surprise ingredient.

Silkbush Mountain Vineyards star
An American owned wine farm in South Africa with a reputation for the quality of its grapes is now producing its own wine which is served on American Airlines Business Class and a luxury cruise liner. Peter F May visited Silkbush Mountain Vineyards.

Sizanani Wines Uplifts Farmworkers star
Sizanani Wines is a South African Black Economic Empowerment brand owned by winery farm workers. Peter F May heard the details from managing director Randall Peceur.

South Africa - 350 Years of Winemaking star
South Africa celebrated its 350 years of making wine in February 2009. Peter F May looks at this old-new world wine region.

Spanish Wine Classifications star
Spain takes wine seriously. Examine the classifications of Spanish wine to help you make a selection.

Spier Wine Farm star
A day isn't enough to see all the attractions at Spier Wine farm, near Cape Town, South Africa. Peter F May tries to count them all.

St James Winery - Missouri star
St James Winery is one of the largest and most modern in Missouri and make a wide range of grape and fruit wines to suit all tastes. Peter F May visited to taste their Nortons and also fell for their sweet blackberry wine.

Sunset Winery, Texas star
Sunset Winery is a small family owned winery and vineyard near Fort Worth in Texas. Peter F May called in to taste wines made from Texas's own Black Spanish variety.

Tasting Adam Puchta Missouri Nortons star
Tim Puchta is the six-generation owner of Adam Puchta & Sons Winery in Hermann, Missouri, the oldest continuously owned family farm winery in the United States. Peter F May visited to taste Norton

Tasting Terroir in the Loire star
Domaine du Closel - Chateau des Vaults is a female run winery in Savennières in the Loire valley, France. Peter F May meets owner-winemaker Vicomtesse Evelyne de Pontbriand and learns why it is not necessary to name the grape variety on a wine label.

Ten Missouri Wine Facts star
Missouri wines are popular in the State but rarely seen elsewhere. Peter F May visited wineries there and drank Missouri wines everyday for two weeks. Along the way he picked up ten facts.

Tennessee star
Yes Tennesse!

The Bordeaux Classification star
Why is a 150 year old list of wines important today? Peter F May looks at how wine prices and status continue to reflect long ago opinions.

The Grapes of the New York Finger Lakes star
Finger Lakes wine region is a happy hunting ground for those who want to taste a lot of different grape varieties. Peter F May is a fan.

The Wines of Bordeaux star
The vineyards around the French city of Bordeaux are the home of some of the most famous and expensive wines in the world. Peter F May visits Bordeaux.

Troglodyte Domaine Filliatreau, Loire star
There are troglodytes living along the Loire. Peter F May visits Domaine Filliatreau a winery in caves hollowed out from a cliff

Vermouth star
Discover vermouth and the museum that celebrates this creation.

Vinho Verde - fresh young wine of Portugal star
Vinho Verde is a young fresh light wine from Northern Portugal. Peter F May returned from Portugal a fan of this quaffable 'green' wine.

Virginia star
Virginia is for wine lovers.

Visiting Alsace star
Alsace, home of white wines in tall thin bottles. Peter F May travels the wine route.

Visiting the Loire star
The Loire is the third most important wine region in France. Peter F May visited this land of fairy tale castles and many wines.

WIne and Goats at Fairview star
Fairview wine farm,near Cape Town, South Africa, is popular with visitors and not just for its wines, says Peter F May.

Wine in Thailand star
The industry is less than twenty years old and conditions are not ideal but enthusiasts are growing and making other wines in Thailand which you may see them on the list of your local Thai restaurant.

Wines of the Piedmont star
Most Americans think Tuscany when they think Italian Wine. Discover the premier wine region of Italy.

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