Flamingos in the Camargue; Tahiti's only vineyard; Colomé in Argentina boasts the world's highest vineyard Tired of field after field of vines? Claire Adamson takes a look at some of the world’s most-extreme vineyard locations.
Rosé India 1. Rangiora, Tahiti : The exposed crater of an underwater volcano in the South Pacific seems like an unlikely place for a vineyard. Then again, Tahiti is a French overseas territory, and where there are French people, there’s viticulture (there are even vines growing in old minefields in Vietnam). Tahiti’s vineyards lie on coral soils on the small atoll of Rangiora, which sounds crazy but isn’t really: winemaker Dominique Auroy claims these limestone soils are not too far removed from those of Burgundy, France. The climate, on the other hand… let’s just say you probably wouldn’t don a bikini for a trip to a village in the Côte de Beaune.
Sauvignon Blanc India 2. Sable de Carmargue , southern France: The Rhône river is well known for its wines – surely some of the best in France. What is less well known is that the marshy, sandy land where the Rhône meets the Mediterranean is also home to viticulture. This is definitely extreme – instead of roasted, sunbaked slopes, these vineyards sit on the very edge of the ocean, where they are awash in the tide for a month or so every year. The Camargue’s sandy soils meant that the phylloxera louse that devastated the European wine industry had little effect here, and an added bonus of being this close to the sea is the pink clouds of flamingos (and mosquitoes) that prettify the skies.
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Sir Peter & Paul Michael, owners; harvest time; visiting bears Forget the danger of wine critics – there are real bears prowling around Peter Michael Winery, and a winemaker has to be armed and ready when checking on ripe fruit.
Cabernet Shiraz India Normally Nicolas Morlet likes to keep bears away with cheap perfume. But he has, once, zapped a bear with a Taser.
Rosé India Morlet is the winemaker for Peter Michael Winery, which is about as remote and wild as Sonoma County wineries get. The main property is on the southwest slopes of Mount St. Helena, about eight miles north of Calistoga, just past the far north end of Napa Valley.
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Think of wine and you picture the rolling vineyards of California’s Napa Valley or the many wine regions of France. But there’s a thriving wine region much closer to home: the Finger Lakes.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) During a special tasting at Brooklyn Winery, budding sommeliers received an overview of winemaking in the upstate region, from how it barely survived the bleak years of prohibition to its current “third renaissance.” In the last two years, over 40 new wineries have popped up in the Finger Lakes.
Cabernet Shiraz India “New York State quality is there, we just need to educate people,” said Brooklyn Winery co-founder Brian Leventhal, whose North Brooklyn-based winery uses New York State sourced grapes for its own labels. “It’s only going to get better.” Greg Taylor has roots in the area dating back to the 19th century, when his great, great-grandfather bought a vineyard that would someday become one of the largest in the country. Taylor’s family now owns Bully Hill Vineyards near Keuka Lake, the largest family-owned winery in the area.
The new winery is located in Bangor. It already has made a splash, winning a Governor's Cup at the Farm Show for its Cabernet Franc.
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Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) Tolino Vineyards The new winery is open seven days a week. It's located in Bangor, Pa.
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