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Slow Wine Guide 2016: The Great Tasting

Next month under the neoclassical arcade in Tuscany’s Montecatini Terme, we launch our 2016 guide with a tasting of 1,000 wines along with their 600 producers. Get your ticket now!
by George D. Utz

There are many factors which go into making the right winery. Every soil lends a unique blend of qualities which can be utilised to help in the ageing process. For grapes, one of the most important aspect to look after is the soil. Grapes for wines grow in a land which has certain characteristics. White grapes tend to grow on high levels of minerality. If you are wondering the best soils in the world for growing wine grapes, keep reading to find out.

Burgundy, Frane

The Burgundy region of France is well known when it comes to the quality of the wine. The bottles of burgundy wines can be highly expensive can it is a collector’s items. This has something to do with the fact that there are some of the best winemakers who provide quality work. The soil is shared by Loire Valley and Champagne which is rich with nutrients in its centre-stage. The vineyards is surrounded by the producing the highest quality wines, which is the mix of clay, limestones and silica. The soil can result in one of the richest in nutrients characteristics which can last for a very long time.

Burgundy, Frane

Mendoza, Argentina

Argentinian wine is loved all around the world, which is most probably due to the soil. The soil here is interesting enough across the board, which can typically consist of sands, schist, granite. The Mendoza is unique due to the altitude. There are many few vineyards in Europe which can claim such elevations which provide for sunshine which gives the grapes its signature spiciness. The air is dry and the nights are cool, which shines prominently, which allows for rich, full-bodied produce.

Sicily, Italy

Sicily is one of the most difficult places to grow in the country, but the wine produced here is especially good. The Sicilian winemakers try to step up their game and made wines which is one of the most sought after commodity. Sicilian wines get more intense as the soil in Sicily is volcanic, and the rocky mineral can bring a lot of intensity to the wine. The wine, when consumed bounces off the tongue and can provide with a fruity feel. The wins from the region is heavily priced and rightfully so.

Sicily, Italy

Tuscany, Italy

Staying in Italy, Tuscany is one of the best places for a winemaker to bring wine to life. Tuscany is unique and is home to many different types of soil. It is characterised by rocky soils which allows one to have the spicy taste to the wine. Tuscany is certainly one of the most celebrated wine region in Italy. The grapes grown here are said to have a distinctive taste to them which allows the wine to adapt the taste of the soil, which makes the difference.