3 wine regions to explore
When I set out to decide what wine regions to capture, I truly had a difficult time. Europe is the most renowned continent for wine production after all. There are so many wine regions throughout Europe that offer their own history and types of wine. It’s too bad I drew the short straw and got day three instead of day 10 for the count down. In the end, I think these three will be a good start into your exploration of European wine diversity and succulence.
Among the steep slopes surrounding the Mosel, Saar and Ruwer Rivers, you will find the picturesque Mosel wine region. It is Germany’s oldest wine producing region and home to the steepest vineyard on record – Bremmer Calmont. Even with modernization of the wine making process, the slope grade prohibits the use of many of these conveniences. Therefore, their process has essentially remained untouched for centuries and is mostly done by hand.
This area is mostly known for their exquisite Rieslings. However, you will also find Elbling and Müller-Thurgau in the mix.
This nose-tickling, sparkling white wine is known throughout the world. It’s consumed during wedding toasts and sprayed all over revelers following a championship win. The Champagne region in France lends its name to the effervescent beverage. However, it was technically not born there. Regardless of its origins, in order to be officially considered champagne, the wine has to come from this region. Reims and Epernay are the commercial epicenters for the area.
There are many vineyards that offer tours and tastings. Visit the Champagne's official website for more information. .
Located in the northwest part of the country at the foothills of the Alps, Piedmont boasts scenic views of the mountains on three sides of the area. Most associate this territory with Barolo or Barbaresco (high in acidity and great with foods) wines. However, it is also home to Asti (as in Asti Spumante and Moscato d’Asti). Being situated between the cool Alps and the warm Mediterranean, their climate lends itself to wines higher in acid and lighter flavor.
Regardless where you travel in Europe, there is most likely a wine to accompany the local culture and cuisine. Don’t forget to include it on your must-taste list.