old world: overview
Europe: The Source
Europe is the source of wine as we know it.
Winegrowers in Europe have had centuries to figure out which grape varieties grow best in their individual regions, and certain varieties are closely associated with specific regions.
European wine labels reflect this relationship, usually referring to the wine's place of origin - country, region, subregion, and even specific vineyard - rather than the grape variety.
The French call this combination of grape, climate,...
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