Brilliant wines from around the world

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As you know, there are many great wine-producing nations around the globe. In this special selection, we place brilliant wines from outside of France in the spotlight, showcasing the bottles that deserve to be known worldwide. Wines from Italy, Australia, USA, and even China await you in this selection from 14 different countries.

Italy and Australia in the forefront


Wines from the country directly across the border from France and the country that is home kangaroos, wombats, and koalas are at the forefront of this selection. Iconic domains to (re)discover include (this is a non-exhaustive list):

From Italy:

  • Roagna: Luca Roagna is the fifth generation to be running this historic domain, which is one of the most loyal ambassadors of Barbaresco and the Piedmont region. The finesse and freshness of its wines as well as its unwillingness to have too many woody flavours coming through into the wine means that you will not want to miss them.
  • Roberto Voerzio: From the two original hectares, this domain run by Roberto Voerzio has grown to cover 52 and has become an icon of Piedmont viticulture.
  • Bibi Graetz: Bibi Graetz, an artistic winemaker who creates precise, fresh wines from local varieties, manages this Tuscan domain.
  • Giuseppe Quintarelli: Skilled Italian winemaker, Giuseppe Quintarelli left his vines to his family who still run the domain today. Excellent, traditional, artisan and authentic – these are all ways to describe the work done at the property which only produces wines when the vintage allows them to.
  • Emidio Pepe: Located in northern Abruzzo, Emidio Pepe’s domain produces excellent wines made according to biodynamic principles.
  • Biondi-Santi (new to iDealwine): Without this domain, the Brunello di Montalcino appellation would probably not be what it is today. Known for its wines’ exceptional ageing abilities, this winery places the Sangiovese variety centre stage in its wines.

From Australia:

  • Penfolds: This is THE star of Australia! The historic domain creates high-quality wines year in, year out.
  • Henschke: The Hill of Grace vineyard can trace its origins back to the second half of the 19th Today, the domain applies practices passed down from generation to generation to craft its beautiful, biodynamic wines.
  • Torbreck: The symbolic domain of Barossa Valley, it produces single-varietal wines as well as blends from Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre.

A medley of stars from other countries

Other countries represented in this selection are Spain, Germany, China, Hungary, USA, Portugal, South Africa, Argentina, Slovakia, Chile, New Zealand and Austria. Here are just a handful of examples to watch out for:

  • Cizhong, Xiaoling 2019: A top wine from raisins grown at over 2,000 metres above sea level in Upper Mekong. The proof is in the bottle for those that think China doesn’t produce great wines.
  • Napa Valley, Pym Rae 2018: One of the greats from Napa Valley, it’s actually owned by Château Pontet-Canet.
  • Napa Valley, Opus One 2019: The fruit of a collaboration between Mondavi and Philippe de Rothschild, Opus One was made to be aged for many years.
  • Mendoza, Cheval des Andes 2019: An Argentinian icon born from a Franco-Argentinian partnership that needs to spend a few years ageing before its ready for you to open.
  • Riesling Bernkasteler Doctor Auslese 2017, Markus Molitor: A sweet and fruity Auslese crafted by the prestigious German producer Markus Molitor.
  • Chili, Almaviva: A wine made from combining the expertise of the French company Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA and Chilian company Vina Concha y Toro. A superb curvée which is reminiscent of a Bordeaux Cru Classé.
  • Rioja, Contador: An exceptional Rioja awarded 100/100 by Robert Parker twice. Complex, subtle and powerful – a masterpiece!

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