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Grgich Hills EstateWinemakers rely on the soil, weather, and other natural elements to produce their wines, so it’s no surprise that many have turned to eco-friendly and sustainable practices to protect their vineyards and reduce their environmental impact. Although California leads the way, the rest of the nation’s wine-making regions are following suit. Here are five wineries that have embraced the movement. Read more

Winter Wine Trails

December 13th, 2012 by

vineyard casksEven without snow and ice in the forecast, December and January temperatures have a way of keeping otherwise outgoing people indoors. So if skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing aren’t exactly your cup of hot cocoa, you might be scratching your head wondering what to do with a few spare vacation days or a long weekend this winter. One idea is to hit the road with a wine tote, journal, and a designated driver. In the United States, star-studded California tends to be the biggest magnet for oenophiles, but the East Coast has dozens of its own wine trails too, many of which are a short drive from New York, Philadelphia, or Baltimore. Plus, by visiting some of these small wineries in the off-season, you’ll avoid the crowds that can choke parking lots on warmer spring and summer weekends. Read more

To really get a proper taste of Languedoc, France, we recommend taking the scenic route (outlined below) which will let you explore several corners of the lesser-known wine region in the South of France. Rent a car, get a good map, and enjoy the ride through gorgeous countryside, hilltop villages abutting the Pyrenees Mountains, and seaside hamlets. (Just be sure to schedule your wine tastings before an overnight at one of the choice hotels mentioned below!) Before you go, check out this round-up of fabulous Languedoc wines available in the U.S. Read more

La Redonda VineyardsWhen you think of Mexico, wine production probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. For that, you might blame King Philip II of Spain. When Mexico’s first colonizers began shipping back inexpensive, good quality vintages to the Old World in the 16th century, Spanish vintners protested the competition. Thus, the king outlawed winemaking in the colonies, except for religious purposes, a ban which lasted 200 years. Interestingly enough, it was the Spanish who reignited interest in viticulture when refugees fleeing Franco’s reign brought their Rioja-sipping habits to Mexico.

Today, most Mexican winemakers still come from a European background. The owners of La Redonda Vineyards in the state of Queretaro, about two hours northeast of Mexico City, are no exception. Manager Claudio Bortoluz’s grandfather came to Mexico from Italy after World War II when the Mexican government was recruiting knowledgeable oenologists to oversee developing vineyards. Eventually, he made his way to Queretaro in the early 1970s. Although the family has been growing grapes at La Redonda for well over three decades, it was only in the past seven years that they began producing wine on the property.

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