10 Years of Wine Appellations in Malta

10 Years of Wine Appellations in Malta

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017 in The Winemaker's Journal | No Comments

Since 2007, Malta’s quality wines are subject to an appellation system controlled by the national regulator in accordance with EU law which nowadays categorises wines in two rungs, namely PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) and PGI (Protected Geographical Indication), replacing the QWPSR (Quality Wine Produced in a Specified Region) framework. Each EU country may use…

Gold for Delicata’s 2016 Gran Cavalier Merlot

Gold for Delicata’s 2016 Gran Cavalier Merlot

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in The Winemaker's Journal | No Comments

The outstanding 2016 vintage of Gran Cavalier Merlot, D.O.K. Malta, Superior, has been awarded a Gold medal as well as the Premio Della Stampa at the 2017 Emozioni dal Mondo Merlot e Cabernet Insieme international wine competition, which was recently held in Bergamo, Italy. This red wine of distinction is skilfully created by Delicata, Malta’s…

Wine Lists by Soil Type, Seriously?

Wine Lists by Soil Type, Seriously?

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in The Winemaker's Journal | No Comments

Listing bottles on wine lists according to the soil type the grapevines grow in instead of by wine style, grape variety or winemaking region is the latest fad. I’m all for novelty but is this really a helpful way? It’s easy to see where this trend is coming from. Wine professionals and aficionados alike are…

Delicata’s Harvest Quality Cause for Optimism

Delicata’s Harvest Quality Cause for Optimism

A feeling of optimism prevails in the cellars of the Delicata winery now that the entire crop of the 2017 grape harvest is picked and safely in tank. Whilst the cumulative impact of two successive years of harsh weather conditions have kept the heft of the crop per hectare of most varieties on the low…

Defining vegan-friendly wine

Defining vegan-friendly wine

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in Gourmet, The Winemaker's Journal, Winery | No Comments

Choosing a bottle of wine is great fun but not easy if you are following a vegan diet that not only excludes all nourishment that is animal-derived but even other food and drink because it has been processed making use of animal substances. The reason that not all wines are vegan-friendly has to do with…