Debates around the origins of wine making are still lively today…Were vines first grown in the Caucasus, in Egypt, in the Mediterranean? Whichever came first, we can’t deny that the Mediterranean is one of the most reputed regions in the world for its delicious wines. From Corsica, Provence, Lebanon, Languedoc-Roussillon, Greece, Portugal and Spain, we’re inviting you to a true journey for the senses.
The south of France: Corsica, Provence, Languedoc-Roussillon
Let’s start off with the three wine making regions that open up onto the Mediterranean Sea. Corsica is bursting with gems to be discovered, notably the fantastic Antoine Arena, the father of Jean-Baptiste and Antoine-Marie Arena, two wine makers who owe their reputation and savoir-faire in Patrimonio to their family heritage. We have a sublime Bianco Gentile from this domain in its 2017 vintages. Discover Clos Canarelli’s most recent 2019 vintage through their landmark Amphora cuvée, a full and flavoursome wine vinified in amphora pots. Moving to the beautiful region of Provence where Domaine la Bégude has a wonderful Cadet de la Bégude cuvée from the 2018 vintage. If you’re more into rosé at this time of year, we recommend Château d’Esclans, owned by Sacha Lichine who is dedicated to creating vinous, Burgundy-style rosés. We’ve written an article about Henri Milan, and this sale includes several of his organic wines. From the Languedoc-Roussillon region, you won’t want to miss out on the famous Grange des Pères in the 2016 vintage – this wine has proven to be increasingly popular as of late, so now’s your chance to find out what all the fuss is about!
Italy is full of legendary viticultural regions, especially Tuscany, Piedmont, Sicily, and Trentino Alto Adige. Tuscany is known for its Montalcino wine, and the Riserva cuvée from Gianni Brunelli is exceptional, persistent, and crafted to be aged for a long time. We also recommend the velvety and indulgent Le Difese from Tenuta San Guido. From Piedmont, you don’t want to overlook Roagna, a true Barbaresco icon – we have the Rosso cuvée from 2014. Giuseppe Rinaldi has a series of beautiful Barolo cuvées. From Sicily, why not try the Nero di Lupo from Cos, a Sicilian signature that’s fresh and fruity with a hint of spice. And Trentino-Alto-Adige, a region bordering Austria, is home to the superb IGT Vigneti delle Dolomiti from domain Fontanasanta-Manzoni, making wines with a purity that has surprised us.
Greece, Portugal, Spain
Of course, it would be impossible to cite every single bottle in the Mediterranean selection. From Spain, Numanthia Termes from the Toro region is a recent favourite, being a wine that goes perfectly with a platter of Spanish ham. Have you ever tried a Lebanese wine? Michel de Bustros’ Comte de M cuvée is by far one of the best with its notably earth tones. And how about a bottle from the Douro valley? We’re particular fans of the Douro Redoma from Niepoort.
There are many more discoveries awaiting, see the full selection here