Portuguese wines are dominated by a host of different factors, including unique climatic conditions, nuanced and localised grapes, and centuries of history, especially with its maritime and trade relationship with Britain.
California has had an unfathomably large stake in the story of wine in modernity, as it stands, were it a country, it would be the fourth largest wine producing country in the world. In a truly Golden State fashion, it has boomed and busted, but taken some of these peaks and troughs and globalis(or z)ed them.
South Africa is one of the most intriguing wine regions in the world. The oldest ‘New World’ wine region, it began producing wine in the mid 1600’s following the Dutch invasion in 1652. Jan van Riebeeck, a Dutch surgeon, was placed in charge of planting and growing vineyards, and in 1659 the first harvest for wine took place, beginning a tradition of viticulture that now has 60 distinct appellations.