Wines By Region

The word wine comes from the Old English win, which derives from the Proto-Germanic *winam which was an early borrowing from the Latin vinum, (which can mean either the `wine` or the `vine`), from Aeolic Greek Fοίνος, (woinos) and from earlier languages such as Hebrew יין (yayin).

Wine producing Regions

Wine grapes grow almost exclusively between thirty and fifty degrees north or south of the equator. The world`s most southerly vineyards are in the South Island of New Zealand near the 45th parallel. However, the world`s most northerly vineyard is Blaxsta Vingård in Flen, Sweden, just above the 59th parallel. As a rule, grapevines prefer a relatively long growing season of 100 days or more with warm daytime temperatures (not above 95°F/35°C) and cool nights (a difference of 40°F/23°C or more).

Wine exporting countries

The 14 largest export nations (2005 dates) – France, Italy, Spain, Australia, Chile, the United States of America, Germany, South Africa, Portugal, Romania, Moldova, Hungary, Croatia and Argentina. California produces about 90% of the wine in the United States. In 2000, Great Britain imported more wine from Australia than from France for the first time in history.

The leaders in export volume by market share in 2003 were:

* France, 22%
* Italy, 20%
* Spain, 16%
* Australia, 8%
* Chile, 6%
* United States, 5%
* Portugal, 4%
* Germany, 4%

Wine production by country 2005

Rank, Country, Production (tonnes)
1 France 5,329,449
2 Italy 5,056,648
3 Spain 3,934,140
4 United States 2,232,000
5 Argentina 1,564,000
6 China 1,300,000
7 Australia 1,274,000
8 South Africa 1,157,895
9 Germany 1,014,700
10 Chile 788,551

This article is based entirely or in part on the Wines By Region wikipedia article and is licenced under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation Licence.


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Gamay Touraine, La Sainte Marguerite 2015

Loire Gamay style makes an excellent red wine for summer drinking. Classic purple robe colour, the bouquet is complex with attractive nuances of blackcurrant, raspberry, violets and notes of rose. Red fruits, especially blackcurrant and mulberry dominate a rounded silky svelte palate. The 2014 was awarded top honours in Hachette. We awaited the verdict on this young wine with bated breath! [read on...]


A B V: 12% Vintage: 2015 Color: red Country: France Region: Loire-Atlantique Code: 83137

Georges Gardet Brut Rose

The grapes come from old vines grown in the Premiers Crus of the Montagne de Reims. It is a rich, fruity and sturdy wine which can be drunk with much pleasure now and will keep for several years. [read on...]


A B V: 12% Vintage: non-vintag Color: rose Country: France Region: Champagne Code: 28341

Georges Gardet Demi-Sec NV

A medium dry version of the Brut. [read on...]


A B V: 12% Vintage: -1 Color: Country: France Region: Champagne Code: 28315

Ghost Corner Semillon 2015

An aromatic Semillon displaying aromas of green fig and nettles characteristic of the cool climate in Elim. A distinct minerality with a slight earthiness on the nose that follows through onto the palate. A short stint of French oak maturity adds a hint of smokiness leading to a creamy palate with a crisp acidity. A perfect partner with strong sea food flavours (scallops and mackerel) as well as lightly smoked meat and rich pork dishes. [read on...]


A B V: 13% Vintage: 2015 Color: white Country: South Africa Code: 82972

Groote Post Chardonnay Noble Late Harvest 2006

This maiden vintage from a botrytis infected Chardonnay produced this golden nectar displaying glorious peach and honey flavours offset by a textured but refreshing and uncloying acid structure. With five years bottle age it has brought apricot and orange marmalade flavours to the fore. Makes a delightful finish to a meal. Excellent with blue cheeses. 10. 5% Alc. [read on...]


A B V: 10.5% Vintage: 2006 Color: white Country: South Africa Code: 75779

Groote Post Chenin Blanc 2015

Careful vineyard management and early morning harvesting at the coolest time of the day has produced an immensely drinkable dry white wine with remarkable fruit intenity and full of character. This 2016 vintage has an abundance of apple, guava and gooseberry flavours. [read on...]


A B V: 13% Vintage: 2015 Color: white Country: South Africa Region: Western Cape Code: 82738

Groote Post Old Man's Red 2015

A down to earth easy drinking soft and smooth blended red wine made up of 50% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Franc. White pepper, spice and raspberry are prominent on the nose with soft ripe tannins giving an elegant finish. The 'sweet' sensation in the mouth is pure rich fruit. A value for money wine that is perfect to share. Everyone has a favourite Old Man in their life! [read on...]


A B V: 14% Vintage: 2015 Color: red Country: South Africa Code: 82763

Groote Post Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Good vineyard management and early morning harvesting at the coolest time of the day has produced a rich, fresh, fruity wine with comination of ripe tropical fruit - gooseberries, grapefruit, figs and guava giving this Sauvignon Blanc many layers of flavours. This vintage is ripe and full on the palate with good minerality on the finish. [read on...]


A B V: 13.5% Vintage: 2016 Color: white Code: 82746

Hacienda Araucano Carmenere Reserva 2015

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A B V: 14% Vintage: 2015 Color: red Country: Chile Code: 85630

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