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French crémant sparkling wines have muscled in on the party circuit. Photo: Alexander

It was once de rigeur to serve champagne at any party worth its salt, that was until prosecco became the fizz of choice.

But now French crémant sparkling wines have muscled in on the party circuit and are challenging the domination of those two old favourites.

Some of the wines previously on show at Raw Fair in London. Photo: Raw Wine Fair

Natural wine has arguably been the major movement of the 21st Century wine world, and for some it has also become a 'lifetstyle choice', writes Elin McCoy, as the Raw Wine fair is underway in London and after visiting the New York version of the show.

The variety was on the brink of extinction until an ex-footballer from Brazil bought a derelict vineyard and started to clean. Photo: Manz Wine

Your next grape to hunt down and try…

The grape of Jampal was saved from near-extinction by a Brazilian ex-footballer, André Manz, when he decided to make Portuguese wine, Manz.

Some makers, such as West Sussex’s Bolney Estate, have also dared make delicate, light Pinots—another grape which can shake off a bit of cold.

Give these homegrown wines a chance and you won’t be disappointed.

It’s always been possible to grow grapes in England. The Romans probably did it and the Domesday Book records 42 vineyards. Prior to the 1980s most homegrown grapes were produced on a small scale or were sold en masse to produce fortified wine with names like ‘Tudor Rose’ and ‘Eldorado’.

After years of political upheaval and a tourism crisis, Tunisian-French partnership Kurubis is making a name for itself. Photo: Kurubis

Neighboring Libya, war-wracked and alcohol-free: Tunisia might seem an improbable destination for a wine tour. But a new EU-funded initiative is putting the country’s 2,000-year-old industry back on the map.