Mediterranean Wines: Made for Summer

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Perfect wines for outdoor dining

The Mediterranean region enjoys a sun-kissed climate, diverse topography with rolling hills and rugged coastlines, and cool ocean breezes. Hot dry summers and moderate winters allow grapes to ripen quickly, creating lush reds and supple whites. The result: a long tradition of exceptional winemaking.

Portugal, Italy, France, and Spain in the Mediterranean basin are home to some of the world’s best wine regions and a wealth of signature wines. For example, Vino Verde is a fresh, lightly fizzy sipper grown in the green hills of northern Portugal, offering a tart acidity and lower alcohol. Italy features a variety of enticing varietals, from Tuscany’s dry, medium-bodied Chianti to Venice’s classically appealing Bolla, bubbly Prosecco and savoury Ripasso. From France comes acclaimed wines like the generously flavoured Beaujoulais and Rhône’s lively and dry whites, crafted with Grenache Blanc. Spain’s Penedès region, between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, creates conditions for intriguing Cabernet Sauvignons, while Rioja is known for its full-bodied, smooth reds. These wines go beautifully with summery fare like grilled meats and vegetables, seafood and salads filled with fresh seasonal ingredients.

This summer, discover Mediterranean wines that add flavour and flair to your al fresco summer gatherings.

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Delicious food pairings

Mediterranean wines complement Mediterranean flavours, so it’s simple to find a fantastic match. 

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The Veggie Muffuletta

Savoury olives paired with rustic bread make this a picnic-worthy sandwich. Enjoy it with an Italian white or red wine. 

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Provençal Tuna & White Bean Salad

Beat the heat with a simple high-protein salad that’s packed with flavour. It’s excellent with a French white. 

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Spanish Shrimp with Garlic and Sherry

This versatile seafood dish works as either an appetizer or main course. Serve with a Spanish wine.