In wine, there is an endless array of grape varieties, producers, soils, weather patterns and much more to learn about. This can be part of its appeal, but many people do not want to spend time researching, they just want a good, reliable bottle to drink. The result is that we stick to the familiar, and plenty of supermarket ranges now reflect this, with pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc and prosecco filling the aisles. There are some excellent wines, but it’s a narrow representation of the flavours wine can offer. Take Portugal – its wines can hardly be called leftfield, yet anything beyond fortified barely gets a look-in. However, Lidl’s latest range is a bold surprise, with a strong emphasis on Austria and Hungary. As it’s Lidl, you can try some of the countries’ signature grapes, such as St Laurent or Kékfrankos, for between £5 and £9. Other retailers stocking the unusual are Booths, M&S and Waitrose. And if you are prepared to buy by the case, independents sell bottles from every conceivable wine-producing country.