Wine by the vines: visiting wine regions

Written by  Kat Mackintosh

Sometime, about 6000 BC, some people living in the present day Georgian wine regions had the idea to bury some grape juice in the ground through the winter to have afterwards, but when they got back to it they found it had changed somewhat. Into the earliest form of wine and they were pretty big fans. Wine was an invention waiting to happen, all it requires it someone willing to test grape juice that has been left lying around for long enough to see if it’s gone sour – and when you find it hasn’t, you’ll have found wine.

These days it’s not quite that simple and both wine makers and some wine quaffers take wine production pretty seriously, going into great detail selecting the soil and rainfall and sunshine of the wine region to suit their grape of choice, before picking and pressing and allowing the juice to ferment in just the right way. But even if you’re really only interested in the final result: wine; a wine region, steeped in fine wine growing traditions and striped with rows of vines can be a fascinating place in which to sip from your wine glass. There is something particularly pleasing about sitting in a vineyard courtyard on a warm summers evening, surrounded by vines creaking with wine grapes, knowing that the grapes in your wine glass came from the rows of vines you survey and have been lovingly prepared for your maximum enjoyment.

Wine connoisseurs and not can partake of a drop of this and a drop of that until they discover the wine that ‘makes the palate sing’, touring a wine regions multiple vineyards. Many wine makers are happy to talk to you about their wine, making you feel like a VIP guest, and their enthusiasm can’t help but make the wine taste better. Wine lovers generally have an eye for detail when it comes to the food that accompanies their drop at the table, and considering the sunshine and good weather needed for wine grapes to flourish, touring wine regions is likely to give you a happy buzz even before you start drinking.

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