My latest in Meininger’s Wine Business International:
Future Wine Land
Some of the world’s most prestigious winemakers list five top regions for making wine in the future.
L.M. Archer has the details.
by L.M. Archer
Anderson Valley, CA, USA
Anderson Valley perches in Northern California near the Pacific Ocean. The area’s cool, marine conditions prove ideal for cultivating Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
“My father Jean-Claude Rouzaud, former president of Champagne Louis Roederer, understood that outstanding estate vineyards create exceptional sparkling wines,” says Frederic Rouzaud, scion and president of Roederer Estate. Further local holdings include historic Scharffenberger Cellars and biodynamic Domaine Anderson.
“When expansion in the Champagne region was not feasible, he looked at California and settled on the Anderson Valley in 1982,” says Rouzaud. “He chose the region because he thought it would be perfect for producing the best quality fruit for sparkling wine, and he was right.”
Corsica, or Ile de Beauté, anchors off the French Mediterranean coast. The 183 km (114 mi) long island boasts rocky, high-altitude schist and granite soils, abundant coastline, and wind-blocking mountains.
It captured the heart of François Labet of Château de La Tour – Clos de Vougeot and Domaine Pierre Labet of Bourgogne, whose family traces their noble winemaking heritage back 500 years. Labet spends his summers in Corsica every year.
For his project François Labet, Corsica offers a sunny spin on Pinot Noir. “My goal was to produce in France, outside of Burgundy, Pinot Noirs that could match with New Zealand Pinot,” he says. “In Corsica, we want to bring the lovely delicacy of the Pinot to young drinkers.” READ MORE HERE.