Fine wines have desirable characteristics depending on the climate, combination of soil, cultivation methods used in the vineyard and the variety of grapes. Wine growers utilize new and proven growing methods in order to produce award-winning wines.
Acidity, bouquet, body, crispness, and sweetness are some of the important characteristics that are considered during wine judging. Wines with the most desirable characteristics are usually those from the most advantageous location.
The wines with the most highly appreciated characteristics come from Italy. The region of Tuscany produces excellent wines, and they’re renowned for this. The key to their quality of excellence is a combination of location and ancient culture used to produce the wine.
Also known worldwide for producing consistently excellent wines is France. In France, the top regions for growing wine include Bordeaux, Champagne, Provence, and Burgundy.
Each region bases its reputation on its own style and quality of their wines. The quality of French wines is determined by the methods of production used to ensure the quality characteristics that have made French wines distinguishable from others.
In countries like Argentina, Australia, and the USA, there’s a surge in production of quality wines and they’re built by countries investing in the aspect of wine making such as bottling or growing.
When it comes to judging the desirable characteristics of wine, it’s complex and confusing but most wine aficionados agree that the key factor is the variety of the grape. Labeled by wine judges as “varietal character,” the flavor of the grape used in a specific wine is a considered to be a positive characteristic.
There is an entire language of wine used to describe a wine’s characteristics. The language seems to have a poetic quality about it when heard for the first time, but it helps judges, wine lovers, and growers communicate with each other.
Full-bodied, robust, and aromatic are words that are elementary to a wine enthusiast. Sampling wines from around the world and trying to see if you’re able to match the characteristics is the fun in discovering various wine characteristics.