Additional European Wine Regions
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Other European Wine Regions
If you are checking out European wine, then you must head to Mosel. Mosel is probably the most prestigious wine region in Germany, even though it is not the largest. Riesling grapes are extremely well known in this region. The charm of the cobblestone streets and the beauty of the vineyards may just make you want to settle down in this quaint little region for good.
This one is new to me, and it might be due to the Atlantic ocean in between the USA and Hungary. The Tokaj region found in Hungary is known for a specific type of wine called “Tokaji aszu wine.” What makes this wine particularly interested in the fungus that is considered beneficial here. It grows on the grapes in and then helps produce a sweet wine that is quite popular.
Generally speaking, the Czech Republic is certainly more commonly known for their beer. In the region of Moravia, however, wine is the biggest winner. You will find four different grape growing regions here, and you will also find the Wine Salon of the Czech Republic in Valtice Castle.
Talk about a slice of heaven. The Istria Wine region is definitely one you wanted to take a sip from. This quaint area is comprised of mainly family owned and operated wineries. The two most common grapes for these European wines are Malvasia Istriana and Teran.
Here in this particular European wine region known as Santorini, you will find they must get creative in taking care of their vines. The technique is called koulara, and is necessary to protect the grapes from wind, as well as allow them to soak up as much water as possible. (The soil is largely volcanic soil that is fairly porous.)
Seeking a hidden gem? Head over to the Lavaux region. Here you will be graced with beautiful views, not only of Lake Geneva but also of the Alps. The vines are planted on terraces. Here the white European wine produced from Chasselas grape and tend to be light and crisp.