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Top 10 vineyard investments

19th April, 2012 by db_staff

5. Languedoc

Harvesting in the Ville de Tuchan co-operative, Fitou

Harvesting in the Ville de Tuchan co-operative, Fitou

The Languedoc countryside around the town of Carcassone offer potential long term investment options.

The climate, topography and terrain-types of Languedoc Roussillon are surprisingly diverse. The foothills of the Pyrénées, Montaignes Noirs and the Cévennes combine the best of both worlds – warm temperatures and beautiful scenery.

The notion that anyone might buy Languedoc vineyards as an investment may seem optimistic. But hope, for the Languedoc, lies in a new generation of wines produced not on the plain but in the hills.

The investment potential may be a little premature – the 2011 harvest in the Languedoc led to a grape price rise to a 10-year high.

However, it seems plausible that the best sites of the Languedoc might, a few decades hence, produce red wines to challenge the best from Côte Rôtie, Cornas and Châteauneuf.

5 Responses to “Top 10 vineyard investments”

  1. Bisso Atanassov says:

    >> 4,000-liter quevris, or large clay vessels, that are buried in the ground. Quevris are cost-efficient, if not very scientific and it produces good concentrated red wine.

    First of all, quevris are of different size, not obligatory 4000 l. I’m not sure what’s the cost-efficiency of the quevris (they are cheaper than oak for sure) but from scientific point of view they are a vessel with high oxydizing potential (clay is porous and the quevris are not coated from the inside as a rule) so the wine inside tends to oxydize fast and die even faster (given that no topping-up is previewed by the “cost-efficient” system – see picture). Some of the wine is kept with the stems for a longer time than you can imagine. Not a single Georgian winemaker could answer my question how on earth they clean to sterility a porous uncoated vessel that is buried in the ground. As the answer is – there’s no way. So at the end you get a very … ahmm … specific wine, biologically unstable (in the better case, in the worse – contaminated by mould, fungi and other unknown bacteria) and oxydized, that tends to “dismantle” very fast. But, of course, it’s “natural”, “cost-efficient” and with the so called “gout de terroir”. In general the contemporary consumer refuses to drink such wines (I mean the taste as a whole) and that’s why Georgia can’t sell abroad even half of what they were selling to Russia (as Russians drink everything that burns, i.e. contains alcohol, and don’t care).

    There are some interesting new wines though, but none the less they are a niche product, only for connoisseurs. Not sure if this is enough to put Georgia among the Top-10 emerging wine regions.

  2. Dom says:

    I have tried quite a bit of Georgian wine and have only had bad experiences with wine from quevris. The ones I have tried have had very odd aromas, the wines have been very vegetal and poo-ey, not in a Burgundian farmyardy way, but very unpleasant. Maybe I have just been unluck so far.

  3. Don says:

    Huge ommission – Argentina has to be included. Terroir very accessible and available in Mendoza region. Weather dependable and most vineyards are at elevaton in Andes foothills imparting extraordinary qualities. Malbec is taking over the red wine world with Cab close second. Costs, compared to many locations, are very low with lots of room to grow.

  4. Zakkie Bester says:

    I follow the following simple filosophy : Life is to short to drink bad wines.
    Why bother to drink this awfull wines?

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