Today is Global Wine Day - would you try these unusual wines from around the world?

By Rosalind Erskine
Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 4:47 pm

To celebrate Global Wine Day today (18 Feb), why not raise a glass from a unique and unexpected location?

From the desert to central London, there are a range of wines from unusual places all over the world that are well worth trying.

Whether it's an unlikely vineyard located 3,600 feet above ground, or wine aged 1,825 metres under the sea, Winebuyers have listed their top choices from far-flung and unique locations.

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    Where: In a Desert, Country: Jordan

    With over 300 annual days of sunlight, the Jordanian climate provides the vines of JR Wines with both the conditions and minerals required to flourish and produce a true taste of Jordan.

    Located in the Basalt Desert, melting snow from Jabal Al Arab resides under this volcanic desert vineyard to give life to over 40 types of grape varieties.

    The wine

    Haddad Estates And Vineyards - Jordan River Classic Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 £16.00

    Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Alicante

    ABV: 13.5%

    The team at Winebuyers says, "An elegant violet in colour, this medium-bodied wine releases aromas of strawberry, raspberry and intriguing blackcurrant.

    "On the palate, this red wine is well-structured and balanced, with a delicate spiciness, fruity finish and rich depth.

    "Serve with pasta, tomato-based sauces and red meat, especially lamb."

    Where: On a Cliff Edge, Country: China

    Situated in the Shanxi region of central China, 3,600 feet above the ground, you’ll find the Rongzi Winery. The high altitude ripens the vines by day and preserves their freshness by night to create exceptional wines.

    What’s more, Jean-Claude Berrouet, former winemaker of the famous Château Pétrus, overlooks the winery to ensure elegance and finesse in every bottle.

    The wine

    Rongzi Pinot Noir 2018 £14.28

    Grapes: Pinot Noir

    ABV: 12%

    Winebuyers comments, "Bright ruby in colour, this single-varietal Pinot Noir has aromas of fresh strawberry and red cherry with hints of black pepper and cloves. A refreshingly fruity wine, smooth and well-balanced."

    Where: Under the Sea, Country: Croatia

    Edivo Winery, located on the Adriatic coast of the Peljesac Peninsula, Croatia, offers a story that belongs to their land – and their sea.

    Their wine, once bottled, is placed in a terracotta amphora and sunk to 1,825 metres in the Adriatic sea to mature for one to two years.

    The wine

    Navis Mysterium Amphora 2012 £323.16

    Grapes: Plavac Mali

    ABV: 15.5%

    Plum jam is the trademark of Plavac Mali, Croatia’s most notable grape, but this mineral wine also contains berries such as redcurrant and blackcurrant, along with cloves, cinnamon, sweet spices, cedar and carob.

    Winebuyers says this wine is, "Juicy, ripe and fine polished tannins combined with a pleasant freshness and ripe fruitiness, making the Navis Mysterium soft and gentle on the palate."

    Where: a city centre, Country: London, England

    Renegade London Wine is a cutting-edge Urban Winery based in Bethnal Green, East London.

    Here, world-class young winemakers hand-harvest small parcels of top-quality grapes to create modern, innovative, and premium wines.

    The wine

    Renegade London Wine 'Sara' 2018 English Chardonnay £24.00

    Grapes: Chardonnay

    ABV: 12.5%

    This vegan, English, Chardonnay is made from grapes sourced in Crouch Valley, Essex, and is both complex and textured with a bright acidity.

    "On the palate, you will find a subtle butteryness and oak married with a uniquely English bright tang," says Winebuyers.

    As a UK producer, Renegade London wanted to celebrate the best thing about the UK - the people, so each label shows the eyes of a different person who lives here.

    Sara, who features on this bottle of Chardonnay, is a retired French teacher from East Sheen, South West London.