Mendocino, California. Baja, Mexico. The island of Sicily. No, these aren't suggestions for your next vacation, but the names of some of the most promising new wine regions in the world.
As fine wine production grows ever more global, serious small producers and well-funded conglomerates have started expanding into areas once thought incapable of producing great wine. The results have been nothing short of astonishing. In less than a decade or two, wines made in these little-heralded places have garnered much attention and many awards. We asked 10 writers to tell us about their favorite up-and-coming wine regions and explain what makes them so promising—the vineyards, the grapes and, of course, the star producers. Although each description is only a snapshot, we hope you'll remember these names the next time you're looking to buy a new wine.