Updated: Sep 10, 2020
One of the great pleasures of being a sommelier is being entrusted with the task of introducing exciting, little-known wine discoveries to adventurous, open-minded aficionados. I’m often asked about new or emerging wine zones to keep an eye on – regions that might be the source of the Next Big Thing? The suggestions I’ve been making lately come as a surprise to many because the regions that fascinate me the most now are decidedly not new. In fact, most are areas that have been producing wines for centuries. The approach to winemaking in these zones, however, is often fresh and exciting. Curious?
In recent years there has been a welcome trend in the revitalization and rejuvenation of old or neglected vineyard sites in less well-known areas like Ribeira Sacra in Spain; the Languedoc-Roussillon in France; South Africa’s Western Cape and the Canary Islands just to name a few. These efforts are led by a new generation of young, visionary winemakers who bring a refreshing energy and creativity to winemaking. This (r)evolution is not limited to the re