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  • 23rd

    Jun

    The Corks Out Wine World Cup 2014: France.

      FRANCE: In Depth:   World Cup history: First took part in the world of wine by planting vines as far back as the 6th Century in the Phocaean era before the Romans initiated a rather robust foreign takeover and invested heavily in the future of French (Or Gallic as it was known then) wine forever. Lead from the front for a number of centuri…

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  • 23rd

    Jun

    The Corks Out Wine World Cup 2014: England.

      ENGLAND.   World Cup History: The Romans may have conquered us and lives lost trying to protect our lands but they did bring us straight roads and wine, so....all is forgiven really! Ad 43 is the year the first vines were planted across much of the South of England for commercial purposes.  The climate was, annoyingly, much warmer back th…

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  • 18th

    Jun

    The Corks Out Wine World Cup 2014: Chile.

       CHILE:   World Cup history The all-conquering Spanish were again responsible for planting the first vines in Chile, in the North.  Nowadays It isSantiagoand south of there that host the premier wine regions.  Santiago's first plantings came in 1554.  In the late 18th century came the first turning point in Chilean wine history when Fre…

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  • 18th

    Jun

    The Corks Out Wine World Cup 2014: Australia.

     AUSTRALIA.   World Cup history: Australia’s wine journey began in 1788 when Captain Arthur Phillip alighted at Sydney Cove and planted the very first wines in the country using cuttings from Braziland the Cape Of Good Hope.  This tentative start was the birth of a thriving wine industry that, in a fraction over 200 years, would be export…

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  • 17th

    Jun

    A History of Chateau Musar

        Chateau Like the deeply sunk roots of an ancient vine Chateau Musar's roots extends far, far beyond its modern day origins. The influences behind the evolution of Chateau Musar is a story  that dates back to the origins of wine itself, back to 7000BC to a triangular area of land from the Caucuses in the North, Iraq in the East and P…

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  • 16th

    Jun

    The Corks Out Wine World Cup 2014: USA.

        USA:   World Cup history: In 1585, Sir Walter Raleigh surveyed the vast American landscape before and proclaimed that the state of the vines saw them “cover every shrub and climb to the top of high cedars”.  Attempts to bring about widespread wine production were attempted through the planting of Vitis Vinifera in 1619,Mission(A Mex…

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  • 16th

    Jun

    The Corks Out Wine World Cup 2014: Portugal.

      PORTUGAL:   World Cup history: You guessed it the Romans planted Portugal's first vines as far back as the 7th Century.  Vineyards managed to survive various tribal invasions but really began to flourish once the Moors were evicted in the 13th Century.  A 7 centuries long partnership with England has played a fundamental role in the evol…

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  • 16th

    Jun

    The Corks Out Wine World Cup 2014: Germany.

       GERMANY:   World Cup history  It is believed to be around the time of Roman conquer that Germany’s wine journey began, approximately 100BC.  For once it wasn’t their influence, however, that really shaped the future of Germanic viticulture, instead it was the monastic orders that established many of Germany’s finest vineyards.  T…

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  • 15th

    Jun

    The Corks Out World Cup 2014: Argentina.

       ARGENTINA:   World Cup history Vitis vinifera - the original vine that started it all - first arrived with the Spaniards in the early 16th century, they began planting them in 1551.  Two factors significantly affected the growth of the industry - the expansion of the railway from the principle wine areas - particularly Mendoza to Buenos …

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  • 13th

    Jun

    The Corks Out Wine World Cup 2014: Spain.

      SPAIN: IN DEPTH.   World Cup history: Viva Espana! Now here is a nation that in the modern era is as successful on the highest stage in football as it is in its production of top quality wine.  The first vines are alleged to have been planted 3,000 years ago by those good old Phoenicians in Andalusia.  The Romans evolved the winemaking p…

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