Kakheti among Top 12 Underrated Wine Regions To Visit In 2017 – Forbes
16 January, 2017
 Kakheti among Top 12 Underrated Wine Regions To Visit In 2017 – Forbes
Forbes published the list of top 12 underrated wine regions to visit in 2017 that features Georgia’s eastern Kakheti region too.

If it’s true that travel planning and anticipation bring as much if not more joy as the trip itself, then the post-holiday wintry start of the year is a great time to boost your “happy hormones” with a wine travel porn. After spending most of my year in vineyards around the world, I compiled this month-to-month guide identifying the
new frontiers of enotourism. Out of these twelve regions to see in 2017, some are up-and-coming, while others have been underrated for far too long, but all deliver high-quality wine, distinct food and hospitality, and beguiling scenery.

May: Kakheti, Georgia

Within wine circles and, increasingly, mainstream travel media, the word on Georgia as a vinous destination has spread. Yet few have actually made the trek to this country bordering Armenia and Turkey. Translation: villages remain authentically charming, the countryside still a peaceful refuge and the unique winemaking traditions endure intact. Kakheti, nestled at the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains, is the main region, known for fermenting wine underground in terra-cotta jars called qvevri. A delicious food culture sweetens the incentive to visit.First photo features lcocal winemakers in Georgia. (Image provided by Taste Georgia)

February: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
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Whether you prefer Northern Rhône or Bordeaux, you’ll find the coastal region of Hawke’s Bay on the North Island produces comparable expressions of both. Noted wine writer Oz Clarke called the area’s classic-style Bordeaux blends “lookalikes” to those of Medoc. But nobody’s trying to replace Margaux. Rather, the Art Deco town of Napier, miles of bike paths, and laid back beach vibe make it as much a reason to get on a plane as supporting a Kiwi region eschewing Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

April: Ribeira Sacra and Valdeorras, Spain
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The concept of “handmade” has been abused to the point of being a worthless adjective—except when applied to the wines of Ribeira Sacra and neighboring Valdeorras in Galicia. Along the vertiginous valleys that dwarf the Sil and Miño rivers remain two-thousand-year-old terraced vineyards Romans (more likely their slaves) hand-carved into the slopes. No machinery can work the steep hillsides planted primarily to red grape Mencia or white grape Godello. Due to the backbreaking labor (and other economic factors), many sites were abandoned, but a new era is underway as vintners painstakingly turn out from a patchwork of tiny vineyards some of the prettiest, soulful wines in Spain.

June: Graubünden, Switzerland

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As the cost of Burgundy rises—the result of global demand coupled with poor harvests--lovers of Old World Pinot Noir have a surprising place they can turn: Switzerland. While pockets of great Pinot exist throughout, there’s a reason the premier wine region of Bündner Herrschaft earned the moniker “Little Burgundy:” a series of charming villages replete with cellar doors, predominantly sell elegant, lively expressions that compete on a world-class level. Oh, and the mountain scenery is gorgeous.

October: Alto Piemonte, Italy
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Ninety-percent of the attention lavished by critics and consumers on Piedmont is directed towards Barolo in the Langhe. But with the stunning Alps as its backdrop, the Alto Piemonte north of Milan offers aromatic, crystalline, terroir-driven Nebbiolo at accessible prices, while October heralds the start of white truffle season. The area is undergoing a renaissance with younger generations returning to farm and improve quality, in some cases after decades of abandonment due to post-war economics. Gattinara, Ghemme, Lessona, Boca and Bramaterra all have slightly different soils and climates, but all produce characterful wines that are still a secret to most consumers", - Forbes reports.

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