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Wine in Europe is Old World
Classical, full of historical pride, wine heaven, maker of elite wines, maker of ordinary wines, Europe is all these but is also brimming with new ideas and new projects.
Old World wines, the foundation
Wines in Europe represent all that is traditional in winemaking. In no other place a wine reflects the culture of the people who created it and the flavors of the land in which it grew as it does in Europe. The wines are named after the places where they were created, not after the grapes from which they were born. European wines follow the local tastes more than international trends. There is a common legislation for all countries and their DOC system, grape varieties and processes are very much regulated.
True; wines in Europe have less fruitiness than others, due to their traditional grape varieties and winemaking methods. But why should European countries change what they have been doing very well for hundreds of years?
Just for that reason. Those centuries of experience mean a deep knowledge of winemaking and some winemakers find the DOC regulation too rigid; they want to experiment with other grapes and other techniques. Some have gone further than regulated creating excellent wines and innovation.
Wine and food are linked together and and important part of the French culture. They have the tradition, diversity of land, and a wide array of grape varieties, all the right conditions to produce great wines and that is why French wines are the model. Discover wine in France.
Wines in Italy gives you a very brief description of most porpular Italian wines, to help you choose your Italian wine in a restaurant or for a home Italian dinner.
Wine in Spain is ancient history as Spain is one of the oldest wine producer countries in Europe, yet Spain is the origin of some of the most modern wines in the European landscape, without forgetting the homey wines that don't make it to the great catalogs but help you to have a memorable experience with Spanish tapas.
Not wine, beer in Belgium. Beer, not wine, is the beverage that calls out in Belgium. though wine can be drunk with lunch and dinner, beer is often the best accompaniment for a Belgian meal.
British pubs is where people gather to mainly to drink beer and other alcoholic beverages, and pass the time with friends, a game of darts or pool not uncommon.
Discover the new renaissance of Greek wines. The slogan for Greece asks you to explore your senses; this applies particularly to their food and wine so explore Greek wines and see what all this is about.
Wine districts in Germany get very busy to be ready for wine festivals, which in Germany are many, supplying great wines and fun.