Emerging Wine Regions Explored

This month we published a new drinkswatching report exploring some of the most exciting emerging wine regions in the world. Check out some of the key findings from this report.

Wine is more exciting that ever these days, with emerging regions playing a big part in all the buzz and chatter. As environmental and economic factors continue to push the boundaries of traditional winemaking, global wine regions will continue to evolve.

Regionality is everything when it comes to wine. From the country it's made in, to the terroir of the specific vineyard site. But who wants to drink the same old stuff day in, day out? Well, actually quite a few people. However, consumer attitudes are changing and some exciting regions are emerging with plenty of potential.

We've highlighted three from our drinkwatching report to give you some insight into the full 25 page document.

Bulgaria - As with many other countries, Bulgaria's wine industry suffered greatly during the Communist era. However, thanks to much outside investment and the hard work of its wine-making community (about half of which are female!) Bulgarian wines are back on the map.

Similkameen Valley, California - The Similkameen Valley is one of Canada's best kept secrets of winemaking. Considered the organic capital of Canada, the area sits in British Colombia's southern interior, just across the border from Washington. A range of grapes are grown in the area such as French varietals from the key regions (Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhone and Alsace) dominating the growing.

South West England - While the South East of England often steals the limelight, the South West is emerging as a wine-producing hotspot. The counties of Somerset, Devon, Dorset and Cornwall, which make up the southwest peninsula, are leading the charge with cool climate varietals like chardonnay and pinot noir, planted alongside hardy hybrids like bacchus, ortega and seyval blanc, often made into sparkling wines.

Read the full drinkswatching report on Emerging Wine Regions here.