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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

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

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

Gabriel Dvoskin is a journalist and founder of Vinicast. He spends his time writing about wine, wine regions and his region of choice, Mendoza. Spending most of his time in Argentina, Gabriel also loves traveling, attending wine blogger conferences and helping Winerist identify the next best places for our wine travelers to explore and visit! W: Gabriel, you only moved back to Argentina recently. After living in France and visiting many other wine regions what were the main reasons for... read more

An introduction to wine tasting etiquette. Whether you are a wine newbie or an experienced taster, wine tasting events are a fun way to learn about what you like and don’t like. It’s the perfect opportunity to try new wines without having to invest in a bottle if you don’t like it. To help you out at your next event, we’ve compiled a list of our top dos and don’ts,... read more

To learn more about the hidden wine gems of Croatia, the JustDubrovnik team has conducted an interview for Winerist with a Croatian sommelier, Ksenija Matic, WSET Level 3. She will explain which wines to try and which wineries to visit while visiting the lovely capital and its surroundings. "I’m a local Dubrovnik girl, born and raised within the city walls. Me and my sister Angela own an event planning agency Event Lab. However, I am a true wine... read more

Croatia is all about diversity! Diversity of geography, grape and terroir. It is about being surprised that there is a world class Pinot Noir being produced not more than 25 miles west of the capital, Zagreb, at the Korak winery, which lies in the Croatian Uplands region of PleŇ°ivica hills. It is also about being surprised that the discovery of wine is intimately and intricately connected to the locals and their food. What do I mean? The tradition of... read more

France provides the perfect setting on your journey to becoming a wine connoisseur. For today, we have picked boutique hotels which boast private wineries and private wine cellars for the ultimate French experience. Paired with experiences across some of the world's most loved wine travel destinations our hotels in Bordeaux, Burgundy and Languedoc-Rousillon will give you the chance to dig deep into wine! Château des Briottières - Loire While visiting the Loire Valley, its vineyards... read more