Loire Valley Wines

Loire Valley Wines

The Loire Valley has over 2000 years of viticultural history and this month we celebrate its longstanding and current contribution to the wine industry. Read on for a brief history and closer look at its key, unique appellations with recommended wines to match!

Celebrating Chardonnay

Celebrating Chardonnay

USA Wine Day and International Chardonnay Day on the 25th and 27th May respectively give us a great opportunity to  explore two countries producing New World Chardonnay and explore why it still remains an essential grape for the industry. With a look at some exquisite wines from California and Australia, we hope we can tempt you back to this beautiful varietal. 
Grape Expectations

Grape Expectations

Even after nearly 13 years, the Turton Wines team can still be pleasantly surprised by unusual grape varieties to add to our collection. We explore more about two of our new favourites; the historic red grape of many names that is Cadarca, and the highly quaffable, yet rarely grown white grape that is Sarba. Take a look and see if either could quench your thirst!
Franschhoek Valley - South Africa's French Corner

Franschhoek Valley - South Africa's French Corner

Franschhoek Valley literally translates as 'French Corner' and thrives on its history of French influenced viticulture. Lined with wine estates, it is proud to be a haven for wine tourism in the Paarl region of South Africa. We take a look at what makes this area so special with new ranges of the best wines to match.
The Secrets of Cinsault

The Secrets of Cinsault

Cinsault is a grape originally from the south of France that was traditionally a key component of red blends in the Rhone Valley and Languedoc-Roussillon. Plantings in France have declined over time, but it remains a key ingredient for many Provence and Provence-style rose wines, as well creating some beautiful varietal wines in the New World and helping provide those famed aromatic and fruity notes for French-style red blends in the warmer climes of North Africa. We explore this aromatic grape. 
The Marvel of Marlborough

The Marvel of Marlborough

A sure Mother's Day favourite, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc makes up around 85% of its wine exports. The country has produced wine since the 19th century, but it was the discovery of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in the 1980's that really placed it on the world wine map. We take a look at why this remains an essential go-to wine. 
Prosecco Perfection

Prosecco Perfection

Prosecco rose to heightened fame in 2008 overtaking Champagne as the world's most popular sparkling wine. After more than a decade, it shows no signs of its popularity debating - and for good reason. Fresh, floral, light and versatile enough to to make it compliment a plethora of cocktails, it will remain the go-to present for many years to come. 
Suave Sicilian

Suave Sicilian

This island in the Mediterranean Sea is classed as part of Italy, but in terms of its size and industry it is like a small country in itself. We take a look at its personal and unique wine history and modern industry, with an overview of the unique grapes still used to create unquestionably Sicilian white wines. 

Understanding Bordeaux

Understanding Bordeaux

As one of the most productive wine regions in France with 57 appellations, many considered the best in the world, Bordeaux produces classic fine wines that have remained popular for centuries. Here we take a look at the region before focusing on some of its exceptional Right Bank red wines. 
The Richness of Rioja-Turton Wines

The Richness of Rioja

There are over 60 wine regions in Spain, but most people will immediately think of Rioja when choosing red wine and for good reason. Internationally renowned, it is truly in a class of its own.