Wine Journeys

It’s no secret that wine regions often tend to be based in attractive locations – Douro is often described as Europe’s most beautiful wine region (certainly it is one of the most remote, as anyone who has ventured further east than Pinhao will attest). Within the old world, even northerly Champagne has its charms, despite often snotty vineyard owners, iffy weather and an overbearing sense of its own grandeur. And traditionalists will swear that the Bordeaux region - with such gems as Chateaux Margaux, pictured below - simply cannot be equalled.

  

 

 

 

In the new world South Africa can reasonably lay claim to having the most stunning wine regions, with the Stellenbosch-Franshhoek-Paarl triangle offering glorious panoramas, dramatic mountains and beautiful Cape Dutch architecture. Others will doubtless prefer the beautiful Barossa Valley in South Australia or California's vineyards, especially the much under-rated  Central Coast, Sonoma or Mendocino.   In truth, everyone will have their own favourites.


Oldandneworld will seek to bring regular reports from the world’s wine regions, visiting key wineries and tasting some of the best wines. However it will also seek to highlight these region’s appeal beyond wine, looking at the history and suggesting things to see and places to stay. These are early days for our website, but stay connected!