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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Della Casa Bianco 2L

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A B V: 11.5% Vintage: non-vintag Color: white Country: Italy Code: 46839

Della Casa Rosso

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A B V: 11.5% Vintage: -1 Color: Country: Italy Code: 47177

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A B V: 12.5% Vintage: 2016 Color: white Country: France Code: 84875

Dom. de Montmarin Sauvignon Blanc 15

Made from 100% of the ever popular Sauvignon grape this wine shows pleasant relaxed elegance with some richness on the palate typical of vines from a sunny vineyard. Plenty of juicy tastes of grapefruit, passion fruit and tropical flavours, interlaced with a fresh crispness. A really versatile wine that drinks easily and well on its own or accompanies a wide variety of fish and white meat dishes, including Thai and Sushi. [read on...]


A B V: 12% Vintage: 2015 Color: white Code: 83276

Dom. de Montmarin Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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A B V: 12% Vintage: 2016 Color: white Country: France Code: 85413

Dom. Vieux Parc Les Amandiers Rouge 13

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A B V: 13% Vintage: 2013 Color: red Country: France Code: 81590

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A B V: 13% Vintage: 2006 Color: red Code: 72902

Domaine Guillemarine, Picpoul de Pinet 2015

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A B V: 13% Vintage: 2015 Color: white Country: France Code: 83241

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A B V: 12% Vintage: non-vintag Color: white Country: France Code: 70183

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