Summer has finally arrived, and so too have our Mediterranean wines! Whether you’re planning on travelling or staycationing, you can savour the taste of summer with iDealwine.
After a long year of Covid restrictions, this summer is the first opportunity for many wine lovers to revisit the vineyards, tour the hills of Tuscany, explore the French Riviera, and enjoy Spanish tapas (yum!)
For those who are staycationing or a bit further away from the sunny Med, we’ve got you covered for armchair travel to the vineyards! From Provence to Piedment, Corsica to Sicily, Greece to Spain and everywhere in between, iDealwine’s summer collection of wines of the Mediterranean is sure to delight! Armchair travelers and avid explorers alike, take a look at the following:
In the Languedoc, keep an eye out for the finest appellations including Faugères – with wines from Léon Barral and Clos Fantine; Terrasses du Larzac – with wines from Montcalmès, Mas Cal Demoura and Pas de l’Escalette; Corbières with wines by Maxime Magnon and Coume del Mas as well as the Minervois with Domaine Jean-Baptiste Sénat.
Languedoc’s neighbouring Roussillon is renowned for its wines that are full of character. Rivesaltes should be on every wine lover’s bucketlist, the naturally sweet wine (VDN) those natural sweet wines that have captured our hearts with their amazing aromatic and tastebud complexity, with indefinite ageing capabilities. For natural wine lovers, check out Olivier Pithon and for terroir fanatics, head for Hervé Bizeul’s Clos des Fées.
Fancy a rosé? It will come as a surprise to no one when we turn to the queen herself of rosé, beautiful Provence. Obviously, the choice is vast. iDealwine’s tasting team is a big fan of Triennes, co-managed by Aubert de Vilaine (of Romanée-Conti fame). For rosés with a little more body, we recommend Domaine de La Bégude and at the fascinating Agnès Henry de la Tour du Bon, both in the Bandol region. Do you want to cellar your rosés? Look no further than Château Simone, a true food lover’s wine and perfect for ageing a few years before being paired with a tuna or Mediterranean vegetable dish.
As for Corsica, it allows you to be initiated into little-known native grape varieties with names we won’t even try to pronounce! We love Clos Canarelli, Antoine Arena, Giudicelli.
In Italy, we couldn’t possibly choose between Nebbiolos from Giulia Negri, Tuscany’s Foradori or Sicily’s Cos, Franck Cornelissen, and Arianna Occipinti!
Setting sail for Greece, our small but mighty selection of Greek wine includes natural wine from Tetramythos. In Macedonia you can enjoy an atypical native grape variety: xinomavro. Produced by Thymiopoulos, it is truly unforgettable.
Lest we forget – your Spanish favourites await! Think Venus la Universal, which has tamed the llicorellas (steep hillsides) of Priorat, beauties from Comando G. and the divine riojas of Bodega Contador.