A 20-year labour of love has paid off for Steve and Trish Coleman at their Quoin Hill Vineyard in Waubra, Victoria.
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A wine expert and a USA TODAY panel assess four bottles from the Trump Winery near Charlottesville, Va.
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Wine Business In India A wine expert taste-tested four wines from the Trump Winery in Virginia. From left: A 2014 Chardonnay, a 2014 Meritage, a 2013 New World Reserve and a 2009 Sparkling Blanc de Blanc.
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Wine Testing Tour After winning the day's two biggest prizes in the Republican race for president, Donald Trump was in the mood to celebrate.
Wine Testing Tour India In 1999, the first vineyards went in the ground as Kluge Estate and set the tone for what would later become Trump Winery. For a greatly discounted price, in 2011, the Trumps bought the winery and its property from local socialite and entrepreneur Patricia Kluge after her business collapsed. Under the Kluge name, the vineyard's wines have been served at the White House and even at Chelsea Clinton's wedding rehearsal dinner.
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Cheval des Andes estate—located just outside the town of Mendoza, Argentina—dates back to 1929. Once, the Malbec grape flourished in Bordeaux, France. An insect known as the phylloxera would decimate it in the 1860s and a frost would do so again in the 1950s, but in South America it would remain untouched. Malbec vines sprawl across the Cheval des Andes vineyard, which abuts the Andean Precordillera (a smaller range that introduces the Andes proper on the side of Argentina). Malbec makes up a vast percentage of the Cheval des Andes red wines, but there's more than just the grape. A visit to the estate—on a gray day just a few weeks before the South American harvest—revealed many factors that have led to the glowing reception the wine has received since its vintage debut in 1999.
White Wine In India Pierre Lurton might be one of the most famous names in modern winemaking. Lurton oversees the prestigious Château Cheval Blanc label (housed in Bordeaux) and he is also one of the creative forces behind Cheval des Andes. Lurton toured Argentina in the late '90s, seeking out a new world terroir that would be receptive to the traditional methods of production that drew Cheval Blanc its acclaim. He visited LVMH sister site Terrazas des Andes and ended up at the 80-year-old Las Compuertas vineyard. He was moved by the location—the closest to the mountains—and delighted by wines from the region. Cheval des Andes resulted from this inspiration and desire.
Wine Testing Tour Many components make up terroir and, walking through the vineyards, all elements become evident. More than just providing a view of stone rising beyond, the mountains effect both the soil and the weather. Lurton knew this and understood it would impact the wine. As Lorenzo Pasquini, Technical Manager and Winemaker at Cheval des Andes, shared with us as we strolled through the vines, "The most important thing is location. There are no vineyards between us and Andes. This is very important for fresh grapes. Fresh grapes means fresh wine and for us fresh wine means age-able wine." Proximity to the mountains means the soil is halfway between rich, rocky and sandy (the region itself can be desert-like). Smaller grains move down in elevation through wind and rain. It makes for substantial soil for Malbec grapes to grow. Further, the mountains catch weather systems moving westward—allowing for adequate natural irrigation and temperature moderation.
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