The smooth texture and soft tannins of merlot make this a red wine that’s well suited to being sipped on its own – although it also pairs very well with light meats, roasted vegetables and pasta dishes. Merlot can be used as a single varietal or easily combined with other grapes to produce distinctive blends

This versatility makes merlot a grape that’s loved the world over – as seen in the Vineking collection of merlots and merlot blends, which takes us on a tour of Europe, South America, Australia and South Africa.