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.
London-based wine collective Birds and Bats beg, borrow, and (not quite) steal other winemakers’ grapes from vineyards across Europe to turn into their “Wines of Momentary Origin” or “WMDs.”
“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.
Contrary to popular belief, red wine is not just for watching Netflix alone in your favorite oversized sweater. It is actually acceptable to throw your red wine in an ice bucket or your fridge.
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.