This year Chianti celebrates its 300th birthday. But why only 300 years? Surely Chianti wine is as old as the region’s hills? After, all viticulture in Tuscany can be dated back to Etruscan settlements in the 8th century B.C. However, as regards what we now know as Chianti Classico, it all started 300 years ago. […]
Our Travel Advisor extraordinaire Christina Hartigan recently returned form a research trip to Spain and has some new-found insight into why Spain and its wines pair so wonderfully with travel.
Barcelona is a vibrant cosmopolitan city, with incredible art, music, fashion, architecture and food scenes to explore. Luckily for us, it is also a wonderful location from which to explore the wines of Catalonia. I was in Barcelona in May and was once again impressed at all that the city has to offer. But it was the countryside and the wine tasting experience that left a lasting memory. Located less than an hour outside of the city, the Penedés region is a must see! Stretching from the sea to 800m of altitude, it is an area covered in vines, interrupted only by bodegas and picturesque hilltop villages. The Penedés region is famous for its sparkling wines, known as Cava. Produced in the traditional method (the same method as Champagne), Cava undergoes a second fermentation in the bottle, resulting in lively bubbles! Although the production methods may be the same, the base product – the grapes – are very different. The indigenous grape varieties most often used – Xarel-lo, Paralleda and Macabeo – are what give Cava its distinct flavour. The best way to visit the Penedés is with a local guide by your side. Your guide will help you to discover the history of the region, introduce you to the winemakers and answer all of your questions along the way. If you are considering a trip to Spain this year please reach out I woudl be happy to talk with you about the incredible sites and wines of Spain.