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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Marras Piekeinerskloof Grenache Red 2014

Piekenierskloof is the newest wine producing region in the Cape, and is ideally suited to produce the finish Grenache wines in South Africa. And Martin Lamprecht is an exciting new talented winemaker. Produced from low yielding ungrafted vine rootstock this red Grenache is light coloured - Martin's quote 'You can't taste the colour'. Showing creamy smooth berry flavours wrapped in subtle leafy herbs. Seemless, harmonious and pure drinking delight with a long pleasing farewell. Versatile with food and, unusually for a red wine, goes especially well with grilled tuna. [read on...]


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A B V: 13.5% Vintage: 2014 Color: red Country: South Africa Code: 84258

Mâcon Villages Blanc 2007

A classic white Macon with a superior Villages Appellation. It incorperates everything classical and fine expected of a wine of this great stucture. Unoaked both bouquet and palate have nuauces of mango, butterscotch and dried peach, full in the mouth, powerful yet elegant. A very fine bottle on any dinner table. [read on...]


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A B V: 13% Vintage: 2007 Color: white Country: France Code: 72050

Mâcon Vinzelles 15 Gold Medal Paris

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A B V: 13.5% Vintage: 2015 Color: white Country: France Code: 83632

Meinert Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

A refreshing well balanced Cabernet Sauvignon with elegance, not heavy on the palate but appetizing and an exciting mix of red berries, cherry, spicy toasty oak and a hint of liquorice and a crisp come-back-for-more finish. Alc. 14%. Screw cap. [read on...]


£12.70  

A B V: 14% Vintage: 2007 Color: red Country: South Africa Code: 75682

Meinert Devon Crest 2006

Devon Crest is Martin Meinert'sclassic Bordeaux style blend. Although it is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot the wines from five different vineyards on the estate are carefully matched to achieve richness, under- stated character and long, spicy finish. Vibrant deep red colour. Classically elegant yet complex with ripe berry and red cherry flavours mingled with mint tones. Already drinking wonderfully well and will continue developing in bottle to reach its optimum in a year or two. Alc. 14% [read on...]


£12.65  

A B V: 14.5% Vintage: 2006 Color: red Country: South Africa Code: 75709

Menetou Salon Blanc 2013

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A B V: 12.5% Vintage: 2013 Color: white Country: France Code: 80061

Mon Auriol Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Its pale color with green reflections offers a nose with notes of slightly lemony boxwood. The mouth, elegant, delivers citrus aromas, predominantly pink grapefruit and lemon. [read on...]


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A B V: 12% Vintage: 2016 Color: white Country: France Code: 85422

Mont Auriol Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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A B V: 12% Vintage: 2015 Color: white Country: France Code: 83268

Mont du Bois Chenin Blanc Late Harvest half Bot

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A B V: 12.4% Vintage: 2005 Color: white Country: South Africa Code: 76117

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