The Esquire Guide To The Best Wines From Places You Wouldn't Expect

Forget everything you thought you knew about Old and New World wines. There’s fantastic wine being produced in countries you wouldn’t expect.

“The fundamental difference between Old and New World is the style,” says Tom Harrow of winechap.com.

“New World wines get more sunlight. So whether the wine is from Napa or Stellenbosch, you get much richer, riper wines than you’d get in France.”

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Where should one look for exotic viticulture? Here’s Esquire’s edit of the best wines from around the world (and West Sussex), with Harrow’s expert tasting notes.

ARGENTINA
A knockout pinot made in the Rio Negro Valley. Patagonia has some of the highest vineyards in the world, and the Bodega Chacra estate is leading the way with some stunning wines. Rich, fruity and bold.
Bodega chacra, Pinot Noir 2010, £59

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ENGLAND
The Stopham Vineyard in the South Downs National Park, West Sussex, produces superb wines from its six hectares of sandy soil. Like this one: a fresh, appealing cross between pinot grigio and Alsace gris.
Stopham Estate, Pinot Gris 2011, £17

CHINA
There are some impressive Chinese wines coming out,” Harrow says. Take this superb cabernet from the He Lan Qing Xue winery in Ningxia, named Decanter magazine’s “best bordeaux blend over £10”.
Jia Bei Lan 2009, £93

LEBANON
A great red from the foothills of a Lebanese mountain. Symphonie is well-named — the wine has a multi-layered, orchestral nature. It’s not shy at nigh-on 15 per cent ABV, but is restrained in its own way.
Château Khoury Symphonie 2006, £20

JAPAN
Like their whiskies, Japanese wines should never be underestimated. Produced in Katsunuma, Magrez-Aruga’s wine is made entirely from the white koshu grape. “Tremendous,” Harrow says.
Magrez-Aruga Koshu Isehara, 2010, £60