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France is without doubt the world’s supreme wine-producing country, unmatched for the finesse, style and sheer diversity of its wines. France’s revered wine regions form a roll of honour beyond compare. The enduring appeal of France’s classic wine styles turns on the peculiarly French – and often controversial – concept of terroir, the belief in wine with a ‘sense of place’, with flavours and textures unique to its location, climate, terrain and soil, for which the grape provides a blank canvas.

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It is hard to imagine a more exciting or varied wine-producing country than Italy. With a vibrant winemaking history spanning over 2,000 years, and vineyards stretching from the Alps through the Appenine mountains to Sicily, the Italian peninsula is home to an enormous range of climates, topographies and soil types hosting hundreds of distinctive grapes unique to Italy. It is hardly surprising then, that Italy’s wine range is so diverse, spanning all colours and styles, from dry to sweet, still wine to sparkling wine, and everything in between.

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Spanish wine has never been so exciting, as a new generation of dynamic wine producers pushes the boundaries. Moving away from bulk production that blighted its reputation, Spain is now focusing on quality and regional style. Rioja is no longer the lone jewel in Spain’s crown, nor is the Tempranillo grape the only darling of Spanish winemakers, for today there is a dizzying array of wine regions, wine styles and grape varieties in the fray...

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Great Britain

It is thought that the Romans first introduced vines to England, however due to a combination of poor climate and the strong trading links with France and Italy (leading to a ready supply of wine), wine-making never really took off.

Fast forward a few centuries and wine making is now a burgeoning industry because of improved wine making techniques and climate change. Parts of Southern England have similar characteristics in the soil as Champagne, enabling good quality Chardonnay to be cultivated on chalky soils just like its French equivalent.

Today English producers grow a range of different grapes from the traditional Champagne varieties such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir to lesser known grapes such as Reichensteiner and Scheurebe.

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Australia’s wine industry has been phenomenally successful in the last 30 years and today is the world’s fourth largest wine exporter, with wines sold in over 100 countries. Australia was the first of the ‘new world’ wine producing countries to understand how to appeal to modern wine drinkers, with its inexpensive, easy-drinking, wine styles. Its innovative strategy of producing and labelling wines according to grape variety proved highly popular and saw Australia steal valuable market share from traditional producing countries France, Italy and Spain.

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Argentina is one of the world’s most exciting wine-producing countries. Important both in quantity and in the quality and style of its wines, Argentina has much to tempt wine consumers of all palates and pockets. Its juicy, soft-textured, everyday-drinking wines made from European varieties such as Chardonnay, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are widely consumed both in Argentina and abroad.

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The quality and availability of Chilean wines have flourished in the last twenty years. While wine consumers worldwide enjoy the easy-drinking charm of Chile’s inexpensive fruity wines, Chile’s wine producers have higher aspirations too, to make stylish, complex wines expressive of their unique origins, wines with a tangible ‘sense of place’, a notion the Europeans call terroir.

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Romania has a long wine-making history – over 6,000 years of viticulture and today is one of the largest wine producers in Europe. The climate and soils are truly ideal for viticulture and the vineyards are more affordable in comparison to other wine-producing nations. Also the Romanians use very modern methods to produce wine and grow a number of grape varieties, both local and well-known. All of these factors mean that Romanian wines are easy-drinking, excellent quality and great value for money.

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South Africa

South Africa is one of the world’s most exciting wine-producing regions today. Post-Apartheid, the South African wine industry is in renaissance, supported by investment and a dynamic new generation of winemakers keen to push quality boundaries and develop new vineyards and wine styles. Yet South Africa’s wine production dates back to the 1600s, when the Dutch East India trading company established a provisions station in Cape Town and planted vineyards for wine and grapes.

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New Zealand

New Zealand’s wines have soared in popularity in recent years, with jet-set Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc as the most popular. While New Zealand’s signature Sauvignon style continues to impress, there is far more here to tempt wine lovers. Delicious white wines include spicy Pinot Gris and mouth-watering Riesling, while New Zealand Chardonnay can rival France’s top white Burgundy. Red wines like the silky Pinot Noir are also attracting attention from the world’s toughest wine critics.

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Portugal is on a roll – well overdue. Loved by the Press and, despite the rate of exchange, offering great value, it is also a low wine-miles alternative to imports from further afield. Quality can be exceptional and a new generation of aspirant winemakers is set to put Portugal on the world map.
Portugal’s ambition to be seen as a top quality wine producer would have been unimaginable just twenty or so years ago but goodness they are making their mark.

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North America

North America has been producing wine for over 300 years and is now the fourth largest wine producer in the world. While many consumers associate North American wine with California (where indeed most is produced), it may surprise you to discover that a winery exists in every US state and in Canada too. The style and quality of North American wines varies dramatically according to region, climate, geography, soils, grape varieties used, and – importantly – the producer behind the wine.

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Germany produces some of the world’s very finest white wines, presenting natural, grapey richness complemented by racy acidity. A really fine example sets off a roller coaster of emotion akin to a skilfully played piece of music. Riesling is king here, offering almost painful purity and precision.
Vineyards run the gauntlet of a very marginal climate, at the absolute limit of where grapes will ripen. This is both a constant threat and a magnificent opportunity as vine and man both struggle to balance two essential but dangerous elements in fine wine – acidity and sugar.

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Vines have been grown in Peru since 1880 though until now you were more likely to use the grapes for Pisco, a kind of Brandy, than for table wines.

Peru is an incredibly interesting place for vines. The country lies outside the famous 28-50 degree latitude zone where wine is made. Peru relies on altitude for its vineyards. It would be too warm otherwise. These vineyards, rising high in the Andes soak up the sun without the kind of heat that could ruin the crop. Delicate grapes that are perfectly ripe make up the wine. Around the world, no matter where you find vines, winemakers hope for a particular weather pattern. Warm days and cool nights to ripen the grapes without losing the precious acidity. Then the grapes head to a state of the art winery. It is a definite new world operation.

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Austrian wines are among the world’s most sublime, yet there are precious few bottles to go around. Unsurprising perhaps, when you consider that Austria’s entire vineyard area is just 40% of the size of the Bordeaux wine region. Added to this, Austrians drink 75% of their crop – quite understandable too, given the quality of Austria’s wines. The country's wine regions are impressive in their diversity, with complex soils, varied landscapes and myriad grape varieties, some unique to Austria.

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Hungary’s complex wine heritage dates back at least to Roman times, and owes much to the country’s geographical position in Eastern Europe. This strategic location has seen Hungary under the rule of various empires from the Magyars to the Ottomans and Austrians, and their influences can all be seen in Hungary’s eclectic mix of grape varieties and wine styles. Hungary’s most famous wine export is undoubtedly Tokaji, a rare and exquisite dessert wine made only in tiny quantities in exceptional years, and by methods unique to the mountainous Tokaji region.

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Wine making has existed in Israel since biblical times. Israel is located on an ancient historical trading route between Mesopotamia and Egypt which bought this wine knowledge to the region.

Today's modern wine industry was founded by Baron Edmond James de Rothschild, owner of the Bordeaux estate Château Lafite-Rothschild. Wine production takes place in five vine-growing regions: Galil (Galilee, including the Golan Heights) - considered perfect for viticulture due to its high elevation, cool breezes, the changes in day and night temperature and rich, well-drained soils; the Judean Hills - around Jerusalem; Shimshon (Samson), located between the Judean Hills and the Coastal Plain; the semi-arid desert region - Negev where drip irrigation has made grape cultivation possible and finally, the largest grape growing area in Israel - the Sharon plain near the Mediterranean coastline and south of Haifa, surrounding the towns of Zichron Ya'akov and Binyamina.

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Our Mixed Cases are made up of wine from all over the wine-producing world and represents some of the best from our portfolio.

If you are throwing a party or a celebration, ordering a Mixed Case will save you time and money. There will be a bottle to suit any discerning drinker's taste.

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Gift boxes and books - essential for gift giving.

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