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What’s happening in the vineyard? The harvest season has started last August in the Northern Hemisphere, but the best is yet to come! October is the last month of this year’s peak harvest time, and it is indisputably the most beautiful period of the year. This season makes its mark on the wine-growing landscape. Vineyards look radiant as they shed the greens of warmer months for colourful yellows, red and burnt oranges of autumn.   How... read more

Whether they are black or white, big or small, French or Italian, the season for one of the most loved gourmet products in the world is coming and it’s time to hunt truffles! Did you know there is a special University in Italy for training truffle hunting dogs? Known as white and black gold, truffles are a very special delicatessen because they are usually found only in some regions of Italy and France. They grow naturally underground, so... 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

Consumers' love for wine has not deteriorated even after so many years. Despite the fact that recent wine consumption figures have not picked up considerably, it certainly provides enough encouragement for wine entities to stay in the business. In 2012 wine consumption was 244 million hectoliters collectively, and the figures have remained nearly steady all these years. Apparently, quite a few European nations known as major wine producers have cut down on the harvest lately to be in sync with wine demand. ... read more

If you want to experience the real France I would recommend not Paris, not Nice, not Cannes…but Lyon! Why Lyon? Because Lyon is a big French city yet it preserves its charm, its authentic feel, its real French atmosphere. Lyon will give you the best French experience: rich history, best food and best people. You should not wait too long to visit Lyon. And if you have already been to Lyon, I am sure you would like to... read more

Lyon is such a wonderful city where there is so much to do for everyone. It's full of interesting activities which meet different people's preferences. You can never be bored here, yet it is also a good idea to leave Lyon for a day or half a day and do some other interesting activities around the city! Because Lyon is located in the Rhone Alpes department, it is full of places to discover especially those special gems which you don't... read more

Summer is coming to an end in the northern hemisphere, and vineyards will soon show off their beautiful golden and red colors as temperatures mellow during the day and become pleasantly cool at night. It is the peak of the most beautiful and active season for winemakers and wine lovers: the grape harvest season! The grape harvest is a crucial part of the winemaking process because the moment that the grapes are picked determines the acidity, sweetness, and flavor of... 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

As the most important province for wine in Argentina, Mendoza is visited by a massive number of tourists all year long. They come to ski during the cold seasons and when it’s warmer everyone wants to visit the wine country. At some point the visitors have to stop and enjoy the local restaurants. For those wine lovers who enjoy a fine meal with amazing wines, here are the places you mustn’t miss if you are looking... read more