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Uruguay has adopted Tannat as its emblematic variety, just as Argentina has done with Malbec. This South American country’s climatic conditions favor its growth.

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With nearly 44,000 hectares planted, Australia’s most widely planted variety is Shiraz (or Syrah).

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Pinotage is considered to be South Africa’s emblematic variety. It is a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault.

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Jerez, Xerés, or Sherry are synonyms for one of Spain’s controlled appellations whose wines are fortified and aged through the solera system. The varieties authorized for Jerez are Palomino Fino, Pedro Ximénez, and Moscatel.

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What is cognac?

May 23rd, 2016 by editor-i2b mcc

Cognac is a wine-based distilled spirit (brandy) made in the French Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée Cognac. The fruity and well-balanced base spirit is aged in oak barrels for more than 30 years. Cognac is a classic digestif (after dinner drink) and companion to fine cigars.

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Cabernet Sauvignon is Chile’s mostly widely planted variety.

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Brazil’s most important wine region is The Serra Gaúcha, in the extreme south of the country and north of the state of Río Grande.

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Malbec is considered Argentina’s emblematic variety. Although originally from France, the variety has achieved world fame from Argentina, particularly from Mendoza, where there are many renowned producers.

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The Andes Mountain Range is responsible for the daily temperature oscillation of more than 18 ºC in its foothills due to the altitude and eternal snowcaps. At nearly 7,000 m above sea level, Mt. Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Americas.

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Germany has an Atlantic climate due to the strong influence of the Gulf Current. Summers are short, but fall is long, which enables the vines to ripen slowly.

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Mourvèdre or Mataró, along with Shiraz and Grenache are the varieties used in the blend that Australia popularized world round as GSM.

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The Champagne region in northern France gives rise to the world’s most renowned sparkling wines, made with the Traditional Method (Champenoise).

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The most famous Pinot Noirs in the world come from the Burgundy region in central France and are considered the undeniable benchmark for the New World.

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The Uco Valley, known for its wonderful Malbec, is very close to the city of Mendoza, Argentina.

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