Category: Old World

Saving grapes

The wines of Greece have been experiencing a resurgence on our shores. While Assyrtiko and Agiorgitiko weave their way into wine drinkers’ hearts, one producer is reviving other, more obscure grapes from Greece’s past. Here, Buyer Will Heslop introduces Domaine Lyrarakis. Few producers can be credited with reviving a grape varietal on the brink of […]

In pursuit of purity

With a continuing eye on Riesling this month, we caught up with the doyen of Austrian wine, Willi Bründlmayer to talk favourite grapes and wine fads. Sophie Thorpe reports At the turn of the millennium, Decanter magazine named Willi Bründlmayer as one of the 50 people most likely to change the face of the world […]

Germany: the home of Riesling

This month we’re talking about all things Riesling. Here we look at the grape’s native home, Germany, in an extract from our introductory book, Exploring & Tasting Wine. Riesling’s identity was forged in the steep valleys of western Germany. On the terraces above the rivers Rhein and Mosel (‘Rhine’ and ‘Moselle’, as they were anglicised) […]

Intervention at altitude

In the midst of RAW – the natural wine fair – Sophie Thorpe caught up with Wendy Paillé, Le Soula’s new winemaker, talking about what it means to be “natural” and what’s next on the property’s agenda. “You can’t make wine naturally,” Wendy Paillé says frankly. A controversial statement, some might say, when you’re exhibiting […]