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Harvest season: a time for picking grapes, cultivating the vines and... taking nude photos? Ok, so taking nude pictures amongst the vines isn’t a typical occurrence during the Harvest (that we’re aware of!), but it seems like this is one winery’s approach to the season. Domaine Marcel Lapierre in the heart of Beaujolais (Burgundy) has decided that sex sells, and, to test out this theory, has designed a pin-up calendar for the wine world... read more

Food and Wine Spotlight on… Argentina Argentina has always been a fascinating destination for travellers, and as their wine industry continues to flourish, it is becoming a hot spot for wine-lovers and foodies to enjoy its bold and distinctive flavours. Argentina’s rolling hills and valleys produce the country’s famed Malbec, as well as an increasingly big variety of other grapes, with more vineyards being established each year. An increased international interest in Argentinian wine (we... read more

Recently at Winerist, we’ve been getting into a region that is not nearly as well known as it should be for making outstanding wines: Washington State. Here’s why you need to start paying attention to this classy, modern wine region. In a Nutshell: Although it might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of U.S wines, Washington State actually ranks second (just behind California) in the production of premium wine... read more

Stretched along the mountains of central France, right out to the Atlantic, the Loire river winds its way through the fascinating wine region of the Loire Valley. The valley is split into four key sub-regions, the Nantais, nearest the Atlantic, Anjou-Saumur, in the heartland of the Loire, Touraine, 200 km inland, and the Central Vineyards, where the famous wines of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé are made.   The key red grape varieties are ... read more

It’s no secret that South Africa makes some pretty delicious wines and Nederburg is a name long since associated with the quality wines. Recently having been awarded the prestigious inclusion in the ‘Worlds Most Admired Wine Brands’ top 50 list, this Paarl based winery is doing big things in the industry. The wine estate is earning even further kudos from our Winerist team though, as they’re currently doing their part to change lives by mobilizing... read more

Grenache used to be the most planted red grape selection across the world, with substantial contributions from Spain and also the whole of the south of France, until probably being overtaken by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot during the last decade or two. Grenache Noir was discovered in the 1800s but only verified in the early 1900s by a Professor at the University of Stellenbosch. Even though there aren't ample amounts of Grenache Noir planted in South Africa, as a result... read more

Piedmont literally means 'at the foot of the mountains', because the wine region is surrounded by mountains which represent a natural border with France, Switzerland and Liguria.  Viticulture, with its more than 46,000 hectares of vineyards, plays a protagonist role in Piedmont, one of the three classic Italian wine regions. Moreover, the region has a rich heritage of native grape varieties, which often do not find out of the borders other suitable areas and are therefore quite unique. The Nebbiolo... read more

Here is our Top 10 Wine and Food Guide for Piedmont PLACES TO STAY Relais Monforte Set in the Langhe countryside, surrounded by vineyards and a private golf course, Relais Monforte is style, luxury and comfort all rolled into one. This refurbished farmhouse features a swimming pool, a wellness centre, and a gourmet restaurant. From £87 per room. Photo: Relais Monforte Albergo l'Ostelliere Set in the hills of Monterotondo di Gavi, Albergo l'Ostelliere offers stunning views of the surrounding vineyards... read more

Salta is a little known paradise for wines in Argentina. While it is more widely recognised as the epicentre for production of Argentina's flagship white wine, Torrontés, they also produce excellent full bodied and spicy reds like Malbec and Cabernets. There is also a new Salta star on the rise, Tannat. More and more wine lovers are travelling to 'Salta, La Linda' (Salta, The Beautiful) to visit the different wineries and enjoy the magnificent landscape of the mountains... read more

Thanks to its extreme geography, Chile is a higly fertile ground for wine growers. Here is a list of the best Chilean wineries that pair superb tastings with picturesque views. 1. Matetic Vineyards, nestled in the Rosario Valley is a fully organic and biodynamic winery with stunning architecture and its own hotel on-site La Casona. Wine lovers can visit the oval-roofed winery designed by Norway's Laurence Odfjell and learn about the different phases of wine... read more