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THE CULTURE OF WINE IN MALTA

malwine01There are so many things to be discovered during a stay on the Maltese islands.

When travelling to Malta for business or holidays, an all year destination, you will be amazed by the huge quantity of activities to do there. A lot of cultural heritage or museums to visit, get acquainted with the history of the knights of Malta, drive through breathtaking coastal landscapes, Valetta which will become in 2018 the EU capital of culture, the variety of the various festivals all year round and above all to benefit of a high standard of living with great food and fine wines.

Wine production to Malta dates back to the time of the Phoenicians. With the viticultural revival mainly five topwinemakers are established and are producing the quality and style of the Maltese wines. Since the entering of the country in the EU in 2004, they are especially focusing on a higher quality of wine production and they vinify fine DOK wines, the local appelation. Several international varieties of grapes are growing on the islands but two indigenous grapes named Gellewza for red wine and Ghirgentina for white wine also do.  The climate is optimal for the culture of wines on the archipelago, which is generally hot and there are no biting winds, fog, snow or frost, and malwine02rain falls only for short periods. But hot summer days and nights are tempered by cool breezes from the Mediterranean sea. The vinification of wines in Malta appeal to all the craftmenship of the winegrowers because of the aridity of the soils, it will be then their choose of grape varieties matching to the typicity of the soils which will made the differents tastes and sensitivities you will feel in their wines.

Two wine festivals are organised during the summer in the Upper Barraka gardens or in Hastings gardens of Valletta, perfectly located for a walk through the historical part of the city with many pedestrians streets. And offering majestic views from the bastions, the marina and the harbour. Both festivals are presenting exquisite IGT or DOK quality wines that can be paired with tasty food while listening to live musicians or viewing entertainers acting.

Feel the Maltese variety…

Olivier Bulto

http://www.winesofmalta.eu/

http://www.visitmalta.com/en/

http://www.qualityassuredmalta.com/

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Brazil is among the best wine producers in the world

Steven Spurrier no Panorama dos Espumantes do Hemisfério Sul. Foto: Janice Prado/Ibravin

Steven Spurrier no Panorama dos Espumantes do Hemisfério Sul. Foto: Janice Prado/Ibravin

The World Association of Wine and Spirits Journalists and Writers (WAWWJ) last ocober 2015 has published a list of the 10 best wines in the world, two of them are Brazilian. In addition, extending the list to the 100 best wines, two more Brazilians appear.

The national products chosen were:

– 8th place: Marcus James Sparkling Brut, from the winery Aurora;

– 9th place: Garibaldi Prosecco Brut sparkling wine from Cooperativa Vinícola Garibaldi;

– 39th place: Aurora Sparkling Chardonnay Brut, from Aurora winery;

– 52nd place: Garibaldi Sparkling Moscatel, from Cooperativa Vinícola Garibaldi.

The list was made up of 74 world drinks contests, such as the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles and the International Wine Challenge. Drink scores varied according to the relative importance of the contest and the position of each label. 650 thousand drinks were evaluated.

Foto: Janice Prado/Ibravin

Foto: Janice Prado/Ibravin

The Brazilian brands divide the space with famous Australian, French and Spanish labels. The first on the list is Champagne Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millénaires Millesime 1995, by French Vranken Pommery Monopole Heidsieck.

In second and third place, there were two Spaniards: Pedro Ximenez Selection of Robles 1927, of Bodegas Robles, followed by Bioca Godello 2013, of Bodegas María Teresa Nuñez Vega.

Among the top ten, three labels are French, two are Spanish, two from Brazil, two from Australia and one from the USA.

In the ranking of the best wine producing countries, Brazil appears in 13th place among 62 nations.

Ahead were: USA, France, Spain, Italy, Australia, Portugal, South Africa, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Germany and Canada.