Emerging Wine Destinations

Uncharted Territories TOurs & Travel originally launched with a passion for introducing wine lovers to up-and-coming wine regions around the world. In each locale we leverage our relationships with local producers to provide our guests with memorable experiences.

England

A few of England’s most prominent producers have made their way into the US markets in limited quantities, but with more than 500 vineyards in England, the vast majority of English wines remain unknown outside of their own country. The best way to taste English wine (and to add it to your own wine cellar) is to visit the country. With its rolling, green hills and pastoral views, the vineyards in the south of England make for an unforgettable experience.

One of the most exciting emerging regions of the wine world actually has a long and rich winemaking history stretching back to Roman times. But in the past few decades English winemakers have focused their efforts on sparkling wines, and the results have been compelling. The south of England lies just 90 miles northwest of the Champagne region in France and the same chalky soil and a similar climate bode well for English winemakers. Ideal for growing the main varietals in Champagne—Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier—England’s green and pleasant land features sloping hills perfect for sun exposure and superior drainage. But English vintners aren’t interested in simply aping Champagne. Rather, they are carving out their own style within the world of sparkling wines. And the industry has taken notice: English winemakers have been racking up a number of awards at international wine competitions.

Still unsure? Take a look at what Vogue has to say on the subject. 

 

Texas

Extending westward from the cities of Austin and San Antonio there lies a picturesque stretch of land where the American South becomes the American West: where flat green fields become expanses of dry, rocky, rolling hill. This is the Texas Hill Country. 

Encompassing more than 9 million acres, the Texas Hill Country is the largest American Viticultural Area in the state, and the second largest in the US. And though for decades much of the international industry has turned its collective nose up at Texas wine, a new generation of growers and winemakers are contesting these older perceptions. By focusing on varietals more suited to the Texas climate—Sangiovese, Aglianico, Vermentino, Mouvedre, Tannat, Picpoul, etc.—and paying closer attention to terroir and the particular needs of vineyard management in Texas, these firebrands are raising the bar on quality winemaking in the Lone Star State. On each visit to Texas, we spend time with some of the region's favored wine producers, but we also pay attention to the other culinary delights that have accompanied Austin and San Antonio’s food and drink renaissance. Local craft beer, barbecue, cider, cheese, spirits and more are waiting to be encountered, explored, indulged.

Still not convinced? See what Condé Nast Traveler has to say on the subject.