Montepulciano is a town in Tuscany set atop a hill. It is considered a wine town with its many vineyards growing Sangiovese grapes. The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is its best-known produce, a red wine prized for its fresh and fruity character that beautifully expresses the Tuscan terroir. The town and its vineyards are so picturesque that they became the backdrop for scenes in movies such as The English Patient and Under the Tuscan Sun.
In Slovenia, backyard vineyards are being encouraged. It is emerging as – well, cottage industry (?) – a source of income for small businesses as well as families with large enough real estate space to cultivate a viable vineyard. This image is taken in the region of Ptuj. It has many beautiful backyard grape gardens, prompting me to wish one for my own house.
Trefethen Family Vineyards
Set in the impressive sprawl of California’s Napa Valley, the Trefethen Family Vineyards lords over a charming wine estate that produces an award-winning Chardonnay. The family has been cultivating the vineyards for at least 30 years and it shows in its well-kept, thoroughly manicured rows of grape vines.
Stellenbosch wine district
Stellenbosch (just a stones throw away from Cape Town) is a popular South African tourist destination with its rolling hills and awesome landscape. This and its excellent climate made the location the logical home to winemakers. For three centuries, the vineyards came to contribute to the character and allure of the place.
The Old Regime
This is a vineyard in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. For me this image of gnarled old vines, jutting out of a seemingly barren and stony landscape represents the French wine industry: aged, dignified and strong – variables that – in my book – make its wine truly refined, luxurious, and rich.
Douro River Valley vineyards
This is the home of one of Portugal’s national treasures, the true port wine. The vineyards constitute a 70-mile stretch of spectacular scenery, winding along the Douro River Valley. It has been said that viticulture has been in existence in this region for at least 2000 years.
Marlborough wine region vineyards
Peter Jackson did not choose New Zealand as the set for his epic Lord of the Rings films out of sheer whim. The country has breathtaking landscape just like what you will find in the Marlborough wine district in the country’s South Island location. The above image offers a sweeping panorama of a wine estate at the foot of a majestic mountain range.
To put it simply, this vineyard in Foligno, Italy, is heavenly. If this is the kind of view that will greet me in the morning; the place that I would roam through the rest of my day; and, the place I would go home to when the sun sets, then I would not let each minute of my life go by unthanked.
Cono Sur Vineyard
How can one exactly capture this image in words? Idyllic would be too contrived. Provincial would not be appropriate. Amazing would seem to violate the peace. So, I say, can we just enjoy the view and virility of this vineyard? It is the Cono Sur, that one of Chilean extraction.
I have seen vineyards depicted in various states beauty – wild, serene, colorful – but never in ice. So this is in a league of its own. Particularly, this got me thinking about the kind of terroir that Inniskillin wines can, well, articulate. The winery does have a dedicated ice wine label. All in all, the image is astoundingly interesting.