Although we’ve all heard that buying locally is a great way to support the economy, when we think about locality when it comes to wines, we sometimes hesitate. The purpose of my new series is to help alleviate this hesitation by sharing the best ways to purchase and enjoy local wines from different regions around the world, and how by doing so you will help local economies to thrive. In case you missed it, the first blog introducing this series can be found here.
Our first stop is France.
France is a fantastic place to start if you’re considering local wines. Many of the street markets sell their region’s wines by the bottle or box and it’s common for these markets to provide tastings before you make your purchase. As an advocate for sustainability, I have to say that buying from street markets is a great way to minimize the footprint left behind from the packaging and transportation associated with shipping wines internationally. And, at the same time, it supports local wine producers!
Alongside street markets, most wine regions in France have wine shops that sell “en vrac”. This means that you take your own bottle and pour the local wines you like most at a reasonable price. If you are planning on drinking the wine within a day or two, this is a great option.
The southern part of France has a wide array of local wines available, so if you’re thinking about where you can begin, the Languedoc region and the lesser-known Bergerac wine growing area should come into consideration:
This region is one of my personal favourites as it offers great value southern reds that are rich and full bodied due to the long hours of sunshine the vineyards receive. This region has a strong focus on quality rather than quantity making it a great place to indulge in tasty local wines.
Bergerac wines from south western France are not commonly exported outside of the country, making them a great local choice. Although this wine producing area has long been known for its reds, it also produces notable white wines including strong sweet aperitif wines that are reasonably priced.
Although it can be difficult to branch out and purchase local wines, with resources like street markets with tastings and wine shops offering the “en vrac” option, you can find the wines that are best for you.
Stay tuned for the next blog in this series to learn more about local wines around the world!
Giles Cadman is Chairman of The Cadman Capital Group, a group of cohesive, complementary companies, operating in the international trade, retail, leisure, and investment markets. Learn more about Giles.