While Xtrawine prides itself on promoting the Italian wine industry and the many joys that it brings to wine lovers, we also recognise that there are many great wines from other countries as well.
In fact, some of the best wine is produced outside of Italy and its quality deserves as much recognition as the classic Italian wines that we are so proud to provide.
That is why we have a special section of our website devoted to some of the finest wines to come from outside of Italy. Here we take a look at just a few of them and let you know just why they should be on your list of wines that you have to try.
Made in Languedoc-Roussillon, which is a gorgeous coastal region located in Southern France, Delmas Blanquette de Limoux Cuvee Tradition is a beautiful organic sparkling white wine that is well worth a try for anybody who is looking for a drink to use for Aperitivo time.
It features a beautiful and refreshing taste that has been created over the course of five centuries, making this a wine that is both steeped in tradition and palatable to the modern sensibilities of today’s wine lovers.
Better yet, the fact that it is organic also means that it is appealing to those who want to live a more natural lifestyle.
Made in the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer region of Germany, which is one of 13 designated wine making regions in the country, the Kerpen Riesling Kabinett Feinherb 2013 is a gorgeous still white wine that is definitely worth a try and makes for a great introduction to German wines for those who have never given them a try before.
Made by the Kerpen winery, which has a rich tradition dating back for more than 250 years, the wine is a gorgeously rich yellow colour that features notes of apple and other fruit on the nose. Couple that with a refreshing taste, where the acid is somewhat downplayed by the residual sugars in the wine, and you have an excellent example of a German white wine.
Argentina perhaps does not receive the recognition that it deserves for creating some truly excellent wines. Yet in the Masi Paso Blanco M. Tupungato 2014, which is made in the Mendoza region, the country has produced a wonderful still white wine that is a must-try for those who enjoy wines that feature Pinot Grigio as the main grape.
Made by the Masi Agricola winery, which has been in operation since the late eighteenth century, the wine is an elegant and interesting composition that features dazzling aromas and a refreshing taste that makes it a perfect aperitif. When taken with food it is best served with the likes of fish and white meats, which will not overpower the wine with their richness. And excellent choice for those who want to begin exploring Argentinian wines.
This stunning organic red wine hails from the Spanish region of Rioja, which is a wine region that can trace its roots back to ancient times. This means that any wines produced there have a history that often goes beyond that of even the oldest Italian wines.
The Palacios Remondo winery that makes this particular vintage had recently been undergoing something of a revitalisation in fortunes, with the Palacios Remondo Herencia Remondo Rioja La Montesa 2009 being a reflection of the amazing quality that is currently being produced by the winemaker.
In addition to being completely organic, the wine itself also features a deep crimson colouring, with notes of strawberries, plums and just a hint of orange. Once tasted this gives way to flavours of toffee, white pepper and soft minerals, making this one of the most interesting and complex wines to come for the region. A definite must for those who are interested in the history of wine from other countries.
We head now to Southern Australia to discover our next wine, which is a 100% Merlot variety that is an absolute joy to experience. Made by Penfolds, which has a curious history that owes its roots as much to medicine as it does winemaking, the Penfolds Rawson’s Retreat Merlot 2013 is the perfect choice for those who are looking for a truly great still red but want to try something a little bit different from the norm.
Though the Penfold family have over a century of experience in the winemaking industry, Rawson’s Retreat is a fairly new wine that was first created back in 1995. The wine has achieved excellent ratings from such prestigious opinion makers as the Wine Spectator and is most certainly worth a try, especially if you are a fan of Merlot.
We conclude our tour of great international wines with the Santa Inés Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, which is made in the Choapa Valley region of Chile. The second South American wine to make this list, it is a beautiful still red that is made using 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and is a definite must for those who are looking for new varieties of red to add to their collection.
Made from grapes grown in vineyards that are in fairly close proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains, the wines if both fresh and complex, with aromas of blackcurrant and red fruit greeting the taster before they put the glass to their lips. A stunningly smooth finish which stays with the drinker for a long time is a feature of the wine, making it a great accompaniment to meat dishes.
So there you have it. Six wines from around the world that prove that there is plenty of great wine to enjoy whether you are in Italy or not. We fully encourage you to explore as many wines as you possibly can and we will endeavour to feature a few more international vintages in time as well.