Nature, science, art and farming combine to produce a liquid that has enchanted humanity for thousands of years. Connoisseurs know that one sip can take you around the world. So, raise a glass to gorgeous landscapes of green, gold and the gem-coloured fruit that gives rise to one of the world’s most famous tipples.
1/ Cornwall, UK
Traditional rose bushes punctuate each row post at Camel Valley vineyard in Bodmin. British wine, especially sparkling, is growing.
2/ Okanagan, B.C., CANADA
Rows of Merlot grapes, ripe for the picking, their bluish hue juxtaposed with the green of leaves and blue lake.
3/ Hawke’s Bay, NEW ZEALAND
At the family-owned Elephant Hill, vines grow beside the Te Awanga coast. Dining here is exceptional.
4/ Pico, Azores, PORTUGAL
Would you believe that vines grow amongst volcanic rock beneath a windmill in this Atlantic outpost?
Winemaker Brian Croser of Tapanappa Wines takes a stroll on a crisp morning amidst the vines in Piccadilly Valley.
Rows of yellow flowers herald springtime in the vineyards with leaves bursting forth from vines.
7/ SOUTH AFRICA
Serpentine, diagonal rows of vines on an undulating landscape at Tokara vineyards in the Stellenbosch mountains.
Church of our Lady of the Visitation (Basilika Rankweil) caps a slope with vines in Vorarlberg, Bergland.
9/ Napa Valley, California, USA
At this property, in early spring, hand drawn signs indicate the varieties grown for easy identification by guests.
10/ Rioja, SPAIN
In Rioja Alta a worker hauls a bucket filled to the brim with grapes. A reminder that it is the toil of many hands that creates wine.
An overturned kvevri, beside an old stone structure hints at a long history in a country many believe to be the birthplace of wine.
Not the first place you’d expect, but Roganto Piccolo from Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California is coveted for its rarity and deliciousness.
The largest organic vineyard in Greece, known for reviving the Malagouzia variety, Domaine Porto Carras sits on a bluff overlooking the Aegean Sea.
14/ Rhône, FRANCE
This southeastern corner of France, straddling Vienne to Avignon, produces a fabulous variety of wines (red, white and rosé) in a country with an already stellar reputation.
In the shadow of the Andes, vines, perhaps of the country’s most popular varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenère, are covered in snow.
Famed for its Malbec and Torrontés, it is the country’s altitude that makes for vineyards where a shepherding gaucho courses through dog in tow.
Even before Roman times, wine was produced in the Maghreb. Today, the Cap Bon region from Tunis to Bizerte accounts for most grape production.
Founded in 1868, Domaine les Tourelles in the Bekaa valley, transforms the clusters of grapes in these stacked crates into wine.
This original imbibe article first appeared in the Fall 2021 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.