Styles & Regions

Wine with bats

Liliac in Romania is drawing on its Transylvanian heritage to help sell its wine. But Dracula is nowhere to be seen. Caroline Gilby MW reports.

Sauvignon Blanc raises Touraine

AOP Touraine is on the rise, thanks to ever-increasing demand for Sauvignon Blanc. Rebecca Gibb MW explores the region. 

New grapes in old French regions

The first steps are already being taken to introduce new, climate-appropriate grapes in French regions. Roger Morris reports.

Natural wine at home in Japan

Although Japan is one of the world’s most competitive markets, natural wine is finding open doors. Simon J. Woolf reports.

Pressure on Ripasso

Ripasso is a major export earner for Valpolicella, says Elisabetta Tosi. Yet there are signs that it’s becoming a victim of its own success. 

Bone deep wines

As orange wines emerge on wine lists and retail shelves alike, Simon Woolf argues that orange is no fad, but a way to make some grapes sing.

The red from the South

Sales of Pic Saint Loup, a red wine from Languedoc, have soared. Elizabeth Gabay MW explains its appeal.

Picpoul, white of Languedoc

Once an obscure wine, Picpoul de Pinet is rocketing up the charts. Elizabeth Gabay MW charts its rise.

Lambrusco stages a comeback

Once a sweet industrial wine, Lambrusco is returning to its heritage. Michèle Shah explains what’s going on.

In search of new grapes

Australia’s major scientific body has spent decades working on grape crosses, searching for a uniquely Australian taste. Jeni Port has the story.

The king of the Franks

The once obscure Blaufränkisch is a red wine whose time has come, says John Szabo MS.

Birth of a blockbuster

Lugana, a fresh white wine from the Lake Garda region, became popular thanks to wine tourism. Elisabetta Tosi charts its rise.

Cabernet Franc collaboration

While white and sparkling wines from the Loire are selling well, Cabernet Franc suffers. Rebecca Gibb MW takes a look.

The flat sparkling category

Sales of crémant should be exploding in line with demand for sparkling wine, but this isn’t always the case. James Lawrence asks why.

Retail in Japan

Japanese wine consumers have a wide and deep range of buying options. Roddy Ropner explores the major outlets.