Wine Explorers clock up visits to 50 wine regions around the world

Tuesday July 04 2017 by Vitisphere

Three years after being launched, in 2014, by Jean-Baptiste Ancelot, the Wine Explorers project is due to be extended by a year and will end in October 2018. Ultimately, a total 90 countries will have been visited over the four-year period. The, now tried and tested initiative involves visiting the lesser-known wine regions of the world and selecting a few estates, ideally those run on a manageable scale by passionate wine growers.

To date, 3,400 wines have been tasted and 320 estates visited. The best examples – there are currently 500 – have been selected and sent to France to form a ‘database’. Every time, an article, photos and videos are produced by the team in order to create a “unique” set of resources. Among his recent “pleasant surprises”, the globetrotter cites the vineyards of Mexico, Thailand, Ethiopia and the Balkan countries with their native grape varieties.

Plenty of plans for the future

After three years’ travelling and 230,000 km on the clock, Jean-Baptiste Ancelot and his two fellow team members have already been to 50 countries counting the latest destination, Cyprus, where he flew to on June 21. “I’ve got around forty left to go!”

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