WINE & SPIRIT REGION WEBSITES

wine region websites

This is a regularly updated list of regional wine & spirit websites. Please submit your suggestions or changes in the comments section.

WINE

ARGENTINA

Wines of Argentina

AUSTRALIA

Wine Australia

Barossa

Clare Valley Rocks

Coonawarra

Margaret River

McLaren Vale

New South Wales

Queensland

Tasmania

Western Australia

AUSTRIA

Austrian Wine

BRAZIL

Wines of Brasil

CANADA

BC

Nova Scotia

Ontario

CHILE

Wines of Chile

FRANCE

INAO

Vin de France

Anivins de France

Alsace

Beaujolais

Bordeaux

Blaye

Bordeaux & Bordeaux Supérieur

Cadillac

Castillon

Côtes de Bordeaux

Côtes de Bourg

Entre-Deux-Mers

Francs Côtes de Bordeaux

Lalande de Pomerol

Loupiac

Margaux

Médoc

Montagne Saint-Émilion

Pessac-Léognan

Saint-Émilion

Sainte-Croix-de-Mont

Saint-Macaire

Sauternes-Barsac

Sweet Bordeaux

Burgundy

Chablis

Pouilly-Fuissé

Champagne

Corsica

Languedoc

Loire Valley Wines

Chinon

Provence

Rhône Valley

Roussillon

South West

Cahors

Gaillac

Madiran

GERMANY

VDP

Wines of Germany

GREECE

New Wines of Greece

ITALY

Abruzzo

Alto Adige

Campania

Emilia-Romagna

Emilia-Romagna (Lambrusco)

Franciacorta

Lazio

Lazio (Frascati)

Marche

Orvieto

Piedmont

Piedmont - Consorzio Barolo Barbaresco Alba Langhe e Dogliani

Prosecco

Puglia

Sardinia

Sicily

Trentino

Tuscany - Brunello

Tuscany - Chianti

Tuscany - Chianti Classico

Tuscany - Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Valpolicella

JAPAN

Koshu of Japan 

LEBANON

Lebanon Wines

MEXICO

Consejo Mexicano

NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand Wine

Auckland

Canterbury

Central Otago

Gimblett Gravels

Gisborne

Hawke's Bay

Marlborough

Martinborough/Wellington

Nelson

PORTUGAL

Wines of Portugal

Alentejo

Dão

Douro

Vinho Verde

ROMANIA

Wine Romania

SOUTH AFRICA

Wines of South Africa

Cap Classique

SPAIN

Wines from Spain

Cava

Priorat

Rias Baixas

Ribera Del Duero

Rioja

Rueda

Somontano

Toro

TURKEY

Wines of Turkey

UK

Wine GB

USA

California Wine Institute

Discover California Wines

Lodi

Mendocino

Napa Valley

Paso Robles

Russian River Valley

Sonoma Valley

New York Wines

Oregon Wine

Willamette Valley

Washington State Wine

Yakima Valley 

FORTIFIED

Madeira

Moscatel de Setúbal

Port

Rutherglen Muscat

Sherry

VDN - Rasteau

VDN - Muscat de Beaumes de Venise

VDN - Muscat de St Jean de Minervois

SPIRIT

Armagnac

Bourbon - Kentucky Distillers' Association

Brandy de Jerez

Cognac

Irish Whiskey Association

Scotch Whisky Association

West Indies Rum

 

FINDING A WINE TASTING STUDY GROUP

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Hello fellow student of wine! I've had several requests to help peeps find a local wine study group. I thought you may find it helpful to have a place to leave a comment if you're seeking study partners or tasting groups.

Be sure to mention your study level (ie Diploma, WSET Level 3...) and your region.

Cheers, Rachel

WINE APPELLATION UPDATES

Here's a running list of recent wine appellation changes, updates, items of note etc (links open in new page). Please submit any recent changes in the comments section, and I will update this list.

AUSTRIA

Oct/2017 Austria adds Schilcherland DAC

ENGLAND/WALES

Feb/2015 Plymouth Gin PGI lapsed

Dec/2017 Wine industry body named 'Wines of Great Britain - WineGB'

FRANCE

Armagnac

Apr/2018 Min age requirement for XO armagnac raised from 6 to 10 yrs

Burgundy

Nov/2017 Bourgogne Côte d'Or AOC launched

Nov/2017 Vézelay promoted to Village AOC

Cognac

Apr/2018 XO spirit minimum age raised from 6 to 10 years

Languedoc

Feb/2017 Pic-Saint-Loup AOC created

Loire

Mar/2018 Premium Loire sparkling Prestige de Loire created (Crémant, Saumur, Vouvray)

ITALY

Abruzzo

Jul/2016 Colline Teramane Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOCG replaces 'Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Termane'

NE Italy

Apr/2017 Delle Venezie DOC created (FVG, Trentino, Veneto)

NW Italy

Oct/2017 Asti Secco DOCG for dry sparkling created

MEXICO

Feb/2017 Changes to Mezcal rules

NEW ZEALAND

Mar/2018 Official GIs recognized include: Canterbury, Gisborne, Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough, Martinborough, Matakana, Nelson (awaiting final approval), Northland, Waiheke Island, Wairarapa

SPAIN

Cava

Nov/2017 Cava de Paraja Calificado premium site designation

Canary Islands

Dec/2017 New PDO for Terenife wines

Rioja

Aug/2017 Rioja Consejo allows village labelling 

Jun/2017 Rioja creates Viñedos Singulares 'single vineyard' classification

SOUTH AFRICA

Cape Town

Jun/2017 Cape Town District replaces Tygerberg & Cape Peninsula (includes Wards of Constantia, Hout Bay, Durbanville & Philadelphia)

USA

California

Dec/2017 Petaluma Gap AVA created

Oregon

Nov/2017 Focus on Oregon AVAs

YOUTUBE PLAYLISTS FOR WINE STUDENTS

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Sometimes you just need a break from reading and making cue cards. watching videos is the cure.

Here are playlists for each wine region the WSET Diploma covers, including sparkling & fortified wines, and spirits, but I think they'll be of interest to anyone who's studying wine and spirits.

Hope you enjoy and find these helpful! I'll be launching wine study videos in the new year, so don't forget to subscribe. If you have any video suggestions, please comment below.

Note: links below will play video, hit mute before clicking if silence is important ;) To view all the playlists, click here.

ARGENTINA

AUSTRALIA

AUSTRIA

BULGARIA

EASTERN MED (ISRAEL/LEBANON/TURKEY)

ENGLAND & WALES

FRANCE > ALSACE, BEAUJOLAISBORDEAUX, BURGUNDY, LOIRE, RHÔNE

GERMANY

GREECE & CYPRUS

HUNGARY

ITALY > CENTRAL ITALYNORTHERN ITALY, SOUTHERN ITALY & ISLANDS

NEW ZEALAND

NORTH AFRICA (ALGERIA/MOROCCO/TUNISIA)

PORTUGAL

ROMANIA

SPAIN

SWITZERLAND

FORTIFIED > Madeira, Port, Rutherglen Muscat, Sherry, Vins Doux Naturels

SPARKLING > Argentina/Chile, Australia/NZ/South AfricaFrance, Germany, Italy, Spain, USA

SPIRITS > Absinthe/Aniseed, Bitters, Brandy de Jerez, Calvados, Cognac/Armagnac, Gin, Grappa, Pisco, Rum, Tequila/Mezcal, Vodka, Whiskies