10 Lesser Known Wine Regions to try in 2024

1 comment Jan 12, 2024by Andrew Lowry
Here is our list of 10 lesser-known wine regions (and wines) that we think you should try this year!
  1. Georgia - Kakheti, Alazani Valley:

    • Grapes: Saperavi, Rkatsiteli
    • Must-Try: Qvevri-aged wines, especially the amber wines.
    • Winemakers: Pheasant's Tears, Iago's Wine
  2. Slovenia - Gorizia Hills, Brda:

    • Grapes: Rebula (Ribolla Gialla), Refošk (Refosco)
    • Must-Try: Orange wines and Teran reds.
    • Winemakers: Movia, Kabaj Morel
  3. Italy - Etna, Sicily:

    • Grapes: Nerello Mascalese, Carricante
    • Must-Try: Etna Rosso, Carricante-based whites.
    • Winemakers: Frank Cornelissen, Benanti
  4. France - Savoie, Apremont:

    • Grapes: Jacquère, Altesse
    • Must-Try: Apremont AOC wines, crisp and vibrant whites.
    • Winemakers: Domaine Louis Magnin, André et Michel Quenard
  5. Spain - Bierzo, Castilla y León:

    • Grapes: Mencía, Godello
    • Must-Try: Mencía reds, especially those from old vines.
    • Winemakers: Descendientes de J. Palacios, Raul Perez
  6. Austria - Kamptal, Langenlois:

    • Grapes: Grüner Veltliner, Riesling
    • Must-Try: Grüner Veltliner Smaragd, mineral-driven Rieslings.
    • Winemakers: Weingut Bründlmayer, Weingut Hirsch
  7. Lebanon - Batroun, North Governorate:

    • Grapes: Obeidy, Syrah
    • Must-Try: Obeidy whites, expressive and elegant Syrahs.
    • Winemakers: Château Musar, Ixsir
  8. Portugal - Colares, Lisbon:

    • Grapes: Ramisco, Malvasia
    • Must-Try: Colares reds, known for their unique sandy soil influence.
    • Winemakers: Adega Regional de Colares, Casal Sta. Maria
  9. Greece - Tinos, Cyclades:

    • Grapes: Assyrtiko, Mavrotragano
    • Must-Try: Assyrtiko whites, rare and intriguing Mavrotragano reds.
    • Winemakers: T-Oinos, Domaine de Kalathas
  10. United States - El Dorado County, California:

    • Grapes: Zinfandel, Rhône Varietals
    • Must-Try: Old-vine Zinfandels, Rhône-style blends.
    • Winemakers: Skinner Vineyards, Holly's Hill Vineyard