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WINE TRENDS

3 Jan 2021

WHAT IS HIP AND UPCOMING IN 2021?

We embrace 2021. The organic and biodynamic wines will become even more attractive this year, even bigger, more important. Organic will become ultrahip in 2021. Responsible, sustainable, with respect for nature, those are the keywords. We applaud this favorable development as a football fan for a goal from his favorite club. Sharing Wine has specialized in organic and biodynamic wines from day 1.

The white grape arneis is on the rise. At the end of the last century, this grape was on the verge of death but he was saved from destruction just in time. The arneis, which combines soft fresh fruit such as apple, pear and peach with anise and mint, has started a new life in the hills of the Langhe in the Italian region of Piedmont. We will often hear about this grape this year. The Langhe is an interesting area for gourmets for its cheeses, porcini mushrooms, truffle and last but not least for its Barolo and other impressive wines.

One of those top organic producers from the Langhe is Negretti. We just got the nebbiolo from the Bettolotti vineyard in La Morra. This nebbiolo is elegant, intriguing and clear in its complexity. Reveals on the palate aromas of violets, plums, blueberries, blackberries and cherries (sour cherries). With nebbiolo you will score points in 2021 anyway. Nebbiolo is ultra hip according to experts. Also hot are the relatively unknown and at the same time exciting grape varieties timorasso, grillo, aglianico and mencia.

Germany is becoming more and more popular, especially the Ahr, the pinot paradise. Campania, the wine region around Naples, is also growing strongly. Villa Raiano is such a house to keep an eye on. For example, Sabino and Simone Basso from Villa Raiano make a wine with an intense fruit aroma from the native falanghina grape variety. You taste apple, pineapple, white peach, quince, so balanced that it transcends scales. Local grapes are also trendier than ever because they fit in with the climate approach. At Villa Raiano there are also very nice things to do with fiano di avellino, greco and aglianico. If you click on the purple links in this text, additional information will automatically appear. Villa Raiano is also well on its way to fully organic business operations.

Reducing the ecological footprint means that the old world in Europe is losing ground. Under pressure from the new world, a world that has far fewer rules, the old world has started to make better wines in recent decades. After all, competition gives development and that is reflected in the figures. In 2020 we will all be drinking more quality wines in general and those from close by in particular. This current will be a tidal wave this year.

We are not professional trend watchers, we are not Maurice de Hond among wine fanatics. We also do not have a crystal ball. We base ourselves on our own observations and what we hear from the field. But we do know that if you chose to become a winegrower now, you would be wise to start making organic bubbles. Few segments are currently growing as fast as that of the sparkling wines. LeClerc Briant with its biodynamic champagnes, Giol with its vegan proseccos, Louis de Grenelle with its organic crémants including Crémant de Loire and Oriol Rossell with its organic cava (brut, brut nature and rosé) have already set a good example. 2021 promises to be a very tingly year in the glass.

Cheers to 2021!

Sharon Dreissen & Inge Kavelaar

 

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