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ddddd Hills that are exposed along the rivers of Europe usually create dignified conditions for viticulture. This was known already at the Roman era and that is the case also for the Rhine Valley. From <a href="https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lac_de_Constance">lake Constance</a> on the border between Germany , Switzerland and Austria, vineyards spread out on both sides of the river without significant interruption before arriving to Bonn. This is the heart of Europe, where people from different countries and from different cultures have been striving for the same thing ; to cultivate their land and produce wine . <a href="https://ivinio.com/en/en-alsace/">Alsace</a> is not an exception.
ddddd <a href="https://ivinio.com/en/en-beaujolais/">Beaujolais</a> represents the most southern part of the wine district of Burgundy and it normally belongs to the region of Burgundy wines . Beaujolais has probably created its reputation for the « <a href="https://www.beaujolaisnouveau.fr/">Beaujolais Nouveau”</a>, released in November each year. The launch of Beaujolais Nouveau is almost like a festive New Year celebration for wine buffs around the world since it is the first wine to claim a new year on the winelabels.
ddddd <a href="https://ivinio.com/en/en-bordeaux/">Bordeaux</a> is probably one of the most famous and perhaps the most prestigious wine region, not only in <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France">France</a> , but worldwide. With its 115,000 ha of vines perfectly aligned along the Atlantic coast, the wines from Bordeaux alone, represent half of the world famous French wines , the so-called " Grands crus " . The wine district is organized around the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, which flow together and become the river Gironde. Gironde flows then on another 80 km westward before the river empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Grapevines are everywhere and never far from the rivers. On the left side of the Gironde, we find the famous Medoc appellation which probably includes the most famous and most prestigious red wines in the world. Further south and on the other side of the city of Bordeaux, we find Graves, another well-known wine district. This is where we can appreciate exquisite red wines from Bordeaux, but also the sweet Sauternes wines where Château Yquem certainly is the most famous wine house. On the east side of the Garonne River lies the Entre-deux-mer which usually produces price wisely more accessible wines. We continue north to the other side of the Dordogne river and enter again into the prestigious districts, such as Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. In the latter, we find, among others, the invaluable Chateau Petrus. Finally, opposite the Medoc, and east of the river Gironde, we find again the more affordable districts such as Côtes de Blaye and Côtes de Bourg. The numbers speak for themselves; Bordeaux comprises 57 appellations and more than 4,000 «chateaux». The wineries in the Bordeaux wine region are a bit pretentiously called “castle”, even though the buildings are often just simple houses. 75% of the wines are red, produced mostly north of Bordeaux. The remaining 25% are white wines and produced mainly south-east of Bordeaux. What distinguishes the Bordeaux wines is the great variation of soil type (terroir) and the large number of grape varieties used in the wine production. In the Bordeaux wine region, several different grape varieties are mixed in the same wine. The conditions for maintaining a constant quality and success of each vintage is therefore relatively large, because you can always make up a sort of mediocre grape harvest with a different grape variety that had a better harvest.
ddddd Burgundy wines often competes with Bordeaux for the title of being the most prestigious wine region in France. Geographically it is a large region which covers the Chablis wines in the north. In the south of the town of Dijon we then find the exclusive and world famous wines from Côtes-de-Nuits where Domaine Romanée-Conti has become famous for being the world's most exclusive and above all expensive wine. We continue further south to the Côtes de Beaune and then Côtes Chalonnaise. Far to the south, on the border of Beaujolais, we find Macon, which primarily has made its reputation from its gorgeous white Chardonnay wines. Very generally, we can say that in the northern part of the district, from the city of Dijon the production has been specialized on red wine. Then, the further south you go, the more the part of white wines becomes important, especially when you have passed the Côtes de Beaune and reached down to the Côtes Chalonnaise and Mâcon. One could also say that the more fullbodied red wines in the north become lighter and fruitier the more south you go. <strong>In total, the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burgundy">Burgundy</a> wine region covers 38,000 ha of vineyards.</strong> It is thus a major wine region to the surface, but what is especially characteristic of Burgundy is that the vineyards are divided into very small parcels. This division can sometimes seem like pure mosaic when land, which has passed down to new heirs over the years, has led to that a seemingly complete viticulture has become divided into several different winegrowers. The taste variation is considerable between the Burgundy wines and this despite the fact that most of the production only uses four different grape varieties. Pinot Noir and Gamay for the reds and then Chardonnay and Aligoté to the whites. Actually you can limit these 4 varieties to only 2 since Gamay is used primarily in the light and fruity wines of Beaujolais. Aligoté is also back on the march since the grape itself, has a high acidity and is not nearly as aromatic as Chardonnay. The Aligoté wines are primarily used to make Kir. Kir was mayor of Dijon and the aperitif mixing black currant liqueur with white Aligoté wine has been named after him. If you want to make a real Kir, you should therefore use Aligoté wine. <a href="https://ivinio.com/en/product/domaine-colbois-bourgogne-chitry-red/">Pinot Noir</a> and Chardonnay, both grape varieties which have had great success around the world have both their origins in Burgundy where these varietals have been cultivated since more than 2000 years.
ddddd The demand for <a href="https://ivinio.com/en/en-champagne/">Champagne</a> around the world has risen dramatically over the past 20 years and only exports currently represent a value of nearly 2.5 billion €. Continuing this trend , we will in the near future have supply problems since the production of true Champagne is limited to the size of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champagne">Champagne</a> district .
ddddd Historically, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corsica">Corsica</a> has double origins. First and foremost, it is just like for Provence , the Greeks who introduced winemaking to Corsica. The difference from Provence is that Corsica has also been influenced by Italy - or what at the time was Italy when first Lombardy, then Pisa and finally Genoa invaded Corsica. The grape varieties used in <a href="https://ivinio.com/en/en-corsica/">Corsica</a> are still comparable to those used in Italy.
ddddd Wines from Languedoc, often defined together with the Roussillon area, are the two together, the world's greatest wine region. It covers not less than 300,000 hectars and represent between 35-40 % of the total French wine production. As often in the south of France, it’s the Greeks who began producing wine in Languedoc. Languedoc spans 3 different French departments, namely L’Aude, le Gard and l’Hérault. In more “wine terms”, this means that the region stretches from Sommières (Languedoc-Sommières) in the east, located near the city of Nîmes, to the Fitou and Corbières appellations in the southwest, near the town of Fitou, where the Roussillon region takes over. <strong>Wine grew here as early as 600 BC.</strong> The conditions for winemaking are very favorable in Languedoc with the Mediterranean climate that covers larger parts of the region. But wines from Languedoc also proposes very different types of landscape and terroir, so therefore there’s also very different types of wine. As usual, it was the Greeks who created the vineyard during antiquity and the Romans who developed it and the monks who improved it during the Middle Ages. <strong>The expansion of le Canal du Midi in the 17th century</strong>, linked the Mediterranean with the Atlantic and gave the wine trade from the Languedoc new opportunities and new markets. In 1863, the Languedoc was hit hard by the Phylloxera crisis. The vines had to be replaced with hybrid varieties and mass production of low quality wines was privileged. This was the situation until the 1980s, when quality thinking took over, despite the fact that the region still today produces <strong>1/3 of French AOP and IGP wine.</strong>
ddddd Wines from the Loire Valley represent the 3rd largest wine district in France and has been named after the river with the same name that flows through the region. The Loire River flows south west of Paris from the Massif Central in the middle of France further west , to end up reaching the Atlantic sea. The Loire Valley is known for its mild climate and kings and queens have for centuries come here from Paris and have erected magnificent castles along the river. It is not easy to understand that this is one of France’s great wine regions. The vineyards are not visible from the road and if, however, you quit the main roads and go down along the paths that follow the river, vineyards will appear all the way from Nevers to Nantes, offering a stunning colour palette of different wines. Reds, whites or sparkling, easy, fresh, fruity wines without much pretension offered alongside the great “crus” which undoubtedly are comparable to the best in both Bordeaux and Burgundy. The Loire river has already floated half of its total length when you meet up with the first wine appellations Pouilly and Sancerre. Further west we find Quincy, Berry and Reuilly not to be confused with Rully located in Burgundy. The river continues its way through the Touraine and Anjou and meet along the way the well-known appellations sucha as Vouvray, Chinon, Bourgueuil and Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil. Further west we encounter Layon with its white sweet wines, ideal for aperitif. Far out to the west, almost in Nantes, we will finally find the Muscadet with its dry white wines that goes well with oysters and other shellfish. Grapevines have been in the Loire since 5500 years back, but there is no actual evidence that wine was cultivated before the Roman times. The Loire wines have historically been appreciated in England, to where a large percentage of the production was exported. When the Englishmen subsequently received interest in Bordeaux, the Dutch took over and developed both the production of the white wine in Anjou and around Nantes, and traded for over 300 years, until the late 1600s, when France took over completely after that Holland ended up in war with France. All grape varieties in France have been used for wines from the Loire Valley, more or less successfully. Today there is some 20 varieties of grapes left, however never mentioned on the bottle label.
ddddd The South of France with the Mediterranean sea is the Empire of the sun. Not less than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year makes Provence an excellent region for wine making. The Greeks came to Marseille already 600 years before Christ , and contributed to the development of the wine culture. The Romans and the churche’s monks then continued on the same track . Today, wines from Provence are most famous for their rosé wines that represent the bulk of production. However, it would be a shame not to mention the red and white wines, which are often just as interesting as the rosés. Wines from Provence represent a region of the southeastern France that covers the three departments of Bouches-du-Rhône, Var and Alpes-Maritimes. The vineyards extend from the Mediterranean Sea about 50 kilometers inland. 2500 years of wine growing here has had the consequence that an infinite number of varieties have been developed. A few examples for this is that Palette for example which is a tiny appellation AOP totaling 20 ha is permitted to use more than 25 different grape varieties. 11 different varieties are used in Bandol and in the small Bellet appellation north from Nice, 17 different varieties are cultivated. This means that the wines in Provence can have very different characteristics depending on the composition, even if they are not produced very far apart. The most common varieties are Grenache, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Syrah for red wines and Clairette and Vermentino, called Rolle in Provence, for the whites. The rosés and the whites are to be drunk young, like the lighter red wines. However, there are powerful red wines here which are excellent for storage. Today, there has been put great energy, not least thanks to the younger generation, to increase the quality and restore the reputation of the great olden days. The Romans are said to have been great Provence wine enthusiasts.
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ddddd <a href="https://www.vins-rhone.com/">Côtes-du-Rhône</a> and the Rhône Valley is the wine district that goes along the river named Rhône . This is the second largest French wine region after Bordeaux. From Lyon in the north, down in the direction of the Mediterranean Sea in the south, the sunbeam’s effect on the grapes is evident when tasting these wines. Spice , power and alcohol strength tends to be the hallmarks of the <a href="https://ivinio.com/sv/sv-rhone-dalen/">Côtes-du-Rhône</a> wines .
ddddd <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languedoc-Roussillon_wine">Roussillon</a> is located in the extreme west and the last part of the French Mediterranean cost, right next to the border with Spain. Surrounded by high altitudes, Roussillon is separated from the neighboring districts. In the north is the Corbières steep limestone hillsides. In the West extends the Canigo massif out and in the south, Albères and Roc de France constitute the border with Spain. A dry summer, a rainy autumn and an early spring characterize the climate of Roussillon. The warm Mediterranean climate and the protection from the mountains promote the grape maturation. The <a href="https://ivinio.com/en/en-roussillon/">Roussillon</a> vineyard stretches back to 600's when Greek sailors, attracted by the Catalan mining fortunes, settled in the region. The winegrowing developed in the Middle Ages and "les vins doux naturels" quickly gained a reputation. Red Côtes-de-Roussillon and Côtes-de-Roussillon-Villages are produced in Roussillon. The main grape varieties are Carignan, Grenache, Lladoner Pelut, Mourvèdre and Syrah for the red wines. The white wines of Roussillon are mainly made from Grenache Blanc, Macabeo, Malvasia, Muscat, Marsanne, Roussanne and Vermentino. Roussillon also manufactures 90% of the French "vin doux naturels" - or in English "the naturally sweet wines." The sweetness of these wines comes exclusively from the grape juice, no sugar has been added. Distilled alcohol is added to the wine during the fermentation process. This interrupts the fermentation process and the sugar of the grapes is therefore not converted entirely into alcohol, but is naturally left in the wine as a natural sweetener. The process is similar to the ones applied for the production of Porto, Madeira and Marsala. The most famous "vin doux naturels" from Roussillon is <a href="https://www.banyuls-sur-mer.com/">Banyuls</a>, Maury and Riversaltes. These wines are excellent as a drink to blue cheese, to desserts or even to a piece of good dark chocolate.
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ddddd <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_West_France_(wine_region)">South West of France</a> wines are sometimes mistakenly associated with Bordeaux wines. The wines of the Southwest has also been overlooked due to its big brother Bordeaux, which had been the famous name for wines from the <a href="https://ivinio.com/en/en-south-west/">southwestern France</a>. Bordeaux is correctly part of the southwest of France, but when discussing wine, Bordeaux is a separate region and is not included in the category of wines from the southwest.
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Picpoul is a fresh white wine from the region around the "Etang de Thau" in Languedoc. The wine is the perfect together with oysters and are actually drunk locally together with...8.4€
An aromatic white wine with hints of apricot, white peach and white flowers. Perfect for exotic dishes.8.4€
Besserat de Bellefon Blanc de Blancs is a Grand Cru Champagne with aromatic hints of freshly baked bread and dried apricots. A champagne for the big occasions to serve as...43 €
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