Next time you take a sip of your favourite Chenin or Chardonnay, take a moment to taste and think about its unique character, style and flavour. Apart from the same batches of wine in a particular vintage, no wine – including different harvests of the same label – is the same thanks to its distinctive terroir; a powerful recipe of geography, weather and Mother Nature. With more than 2 000 types of wine grapes and a dozen farming methods, the world of wine is extensive and is the inspiration for the Tops at Spar Wine Show, which is heading to Port Elizabeth. There will be hundreds of labels, cultivars, blends and vintages at The Boardwalk between the 4th and 6th of August.According to editor of Wine Extra magazine and consultant to the Tops at Spar Wine Show, Maryna Strachan, the true magic occurs in the vineyards. “Wine grown in the same soil, using the same techniques, can taste completely different year on year. Mother Nature plays a significant role, so the temperature, rainfall, hail and other weather conditions affect the end-product quite dramatically,” said Strachan.One of wine’s best tricks is the illusion that you’re tasting elements not actually found in the wine. Grass and green peppers or coffee and cassis were not mixed with the soil or wine at all. These are the result of terroir meets varietal. “Just the right amount of minerals in the soil, heat, wind, sun and rain can enhance the properties of wine. Inside the barrel, more flavour is infused into the wine and is influenced by the choice in cooper, the drying process of the wood, and how toasted the inside of the barrel was.” To learn more about the magic of wine – its provenance, art and science – visit the Tops at Spar Wine Show in Port Elizabeth from 4-6 August at The Boardwalk.There will be tutored tastings, meet the wine-makers or simply taste and buy fine wines direct from exhibitors at cellar door prices and show specials. Tickets can be purchased pre-show for R120 from www.wineshow.co.za or at the door for R140. Price includes a tasting glass, all tastings and access to the Weekend Post Wine Theatre and a map to help navigate the show.Win double tickets to wine show UD News readers are offered the chance to win three double tickets to visit the Tops at Spar Wine Show at The Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth from 4-6 August. All you need to do is to visit the UD News on Facebook and enter the competition.