View Full Version : Suggest wine from your country

August 26th, 2007, 12:53 PM
(The Rav Tux type thread smiley is compulsory - so is the alliteration)

The title says it all: each and every country with winemaking tradition believes their wines are the best.

I'm not that patriotic, but I'll surely say there are a few very good Portuguese wines out there. My favourite region in Portugal is the Alentejo and its red wines: ripe (red) fruit, sometimes somewhat stocky and complex wines, perhaps acidic and with a touch of adstringency (which I quite enjoy) and good length, but mostly well balanced wines when they're well done.

The region's potential is enormous, and I have this ambition of one day being able to make my own wine, in a nearby region which is similar in terms of climate and soil, as I have some land to plant my own vineyard.

A few suggestions, from various regions, red wines which are not stupidly overpriced yet are way above average: Dom Rafael, 2005 (Alentejo - Herdade do Mouchão); Duas Quintas (from the Douro region); Quinta da Leda (especially 2001, also from the Douro); Herdade do Peso - Alfrocheiro (Alentejo); Convento da Tomina (Alentejo); Quinta de Pancas (an exquisite Cabernet Sauvignon from the Estremadura region).

These are just a few suggestions off the top of my head, for very reasonably priced wines, yet brilliant wines altogether!

Now I want YOUR suggestions, from your country :D

August 26th, 2007, 01:43 PM
I would not know where to start as we have such a wide local selection and there are a lot of good ones. My current wine of choice is Spier Chenin Blanc (http://www.winecorp.co.za/spier/wines/detail.jsp?tier_id=2169&wine_id=3738). It tastes really great and only cost about 2.50euro per bottle.
Another favourite is Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir (http://www.wine.co.za/Directory/Wine.aspx?WINEID=13488&PRODUCERID=1060)
A red I like is Durbanville Hills Pinotage (http://www.wine.co.za/Directory/Wine.aspx?WINEID=14813&PRODUCERID=1894), great drinking red wine, Pinotage (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinotage)is a local cultivar not found outside of SA as far as I know.

I'm not a whine snob so I drink what my palette likes. I've tried a good few of the so called 'great' wines but do not like them all, some are downright horrible to me.

Wine is a personal thing to me and not about the label or the price.
Wine region map: http://www.wine.co.za/Tour/Default.aspx

August 26th, 2007, 01:51 PM
Loads of wines here in Switzerland. To start with, I'll suggest you check out some of the wines from 1 region: the state (canton) of VALAIS (http://www.provins.ch/en/vins/gammes)

August 26th, 2007, 02:19 PM
from the USA:

anything from:Stag's Leap & Justin Vineyards

I also like our local winery: Johnathan Edwards