“There are nearly 500 vineyards in the UK and we’re really close to Europe, so why not make the wine in London?” says Warwick Smith, founder of one of the capital’s first “urban wineries.”
Idle Cellars' winemakers don’t own any property—not a tasting room, not a vineyard, not even the presses, tanks, and bottling machinery. Nonetheless, their award-winning, respected wines have a cult following.
“Both surfing and winemaking connect your senses a lot so there are certain similarities,” says Jean-Charles Villard, a winemaker and surfer whose 40-hectare Chilean winery produces acclaimed Pinot Noir and Syrah.
Due to Australia's harsh and hot climate, its winemakers are taking creative approaches to protecting their grapes from sun damage—including good old sunscreen.