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Mendoza vineyards and the Andes

2018, a very good year in Mendoza

The Argentinian wine farmers really needed this vintage. After small quantities due to severe weather conditions in 2016 and 2017, 2018 is a very good year both for quality and for quantity. The quantity is up 30% from last year. The growing season offered perfect weather. Not so much rain, hot days and cool nights, […]

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Vineyards at Vina Vik, Chile

The winter wine tour program now (almost) finalised

The programs for the two winter wine tours, Chile-Argentina in February and South Africa at the end of Feb-early March, are now ready and published. These two long distance tours bring you to wonderful summer climates in the southern hemisphere and most likely it will be when harvest is in full swing. You can find […]

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Trapiche Gran Medalla and El Esteco Altimus

Impressive depth and breadth in a range of wines from Trapiche in Argentina

Is Argentina the next great wine-trend? Trapiche’s wines poses the question to a head. Grupo Peñaflor is one of Argentina’s biggest wine producers. The group includes the very famous name Trapiche, with a long history on the international market. One of the advantages of being big, as Peñaflor, is that you can experiment with grapes […]

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Two tales from the wine regions in Chile and Argentina

Kathy Merchant, an American wine writer, travelled with us on our latest South America wine tour. She has written two travel stories on what she experienced in Chile and in Argentina, stories that are now published on our travel blog. The world should catch up with wines from Chile!  – one can only agree – […]

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Emiliana Novas Gran Reserva

2013 Novas Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Emiliana, Maipo, Chile | Birgitta’s Wine of the Month

I must admit that there have been fewer and fewer wines from the New World on my table in recent years. It has happened to Chilean Cabernets have been dismissed as blackcurrant juice. But this dense, garnet red cabernet sauvignon has balance and a pleasant oak character. It has been aged in both French and […]

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The biggest wine producers in Argentina

Wine is an extremely fragmented industry. I know of few, if any, markets that are equally fragmented. Beer, for instance is far more dominated by a few big companies. But even if that is the case, the wine market is much more concentrated, with bigger players, than what the average consumer thinks. Most people imagine […]

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Successful harvest for Chile

2015 has so far been a good year for the Chilean wines. The harvest was a record-high 12.86 million hectolitres. It’s a good recovery from last year’s very low figure. It is even a bit higher than the previous record year, 2012. Chilean export of wines in bottle is also doing well, with growth both […]

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Piedra Negra and Chacayes from Francois Lurton

An uneven battle against 400 wines and three prejudices

Amarone is dried raisin juice. Argentina only makes bulk wine. Barolo is overpriced. True or prejudice? Vingruppen is Sweden’s second largest wine importer and consists of six different companies: VinUnic, Wineworld, The Wine Agency, Vinovum, Valid Wines and Opentable. When they invite you to taste their range, it feels like there are more bottles than […]

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Harvest Report from Mendoza

While spring is at its finest in France, the well-known producer Catena Zapata on the other side of the globe, in Mendoza in Argentina, has compiled a harvest report for 2015. In Mendoza they call 2015 a Bordeaux-year. The summer was cool, autumn brought some rain and the result was generally low alcohol levels and […]

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Book your autumn wine tour now: Bordeaux or Douro Valley

A short note on that it is high time to book your autumn tour, the wine tour that you really want to go on when days are getting shorter. We have two exciting tours on this autumn’s scheduled English language program: Bordeaux, classic of the classics Douro Valley, maybe the world’s most spectacular wine landscape […]

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New wine tours to the world’s exciting wine regions

We have just launched the program for our autumn wine tours. It is a small selection of two top quality destinations where you can enjoy some of the best wine and food experiences: Bordeaux, the most classic of wine regions with world famous chateaux. This tour will take you to both some of the “famous […]

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Carmenère, French grape adopted by Chile

Did you drink a wine made from the Carmenère grape on November 24? Probably not. And maybe you were not even aware of the fact that this day was “World Carmenère Day”. But now you know for next year. The promoter is of course Chile. With a World Carmenère day the Chilean wine producers want […]

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Winter wine tours to South America and South Africa

Soon here on BKWine Magazine we will publish a story about a fantastic visit to a winery in Chile that took place earlier this year, on this year’s South America wine tour. It was quite unique, BKWine was the first guests that they received at this exclusive winery. Come back here later to read the […]

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