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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Muscat de Beaunes de Venise Hommage 50cl

Made from a blend of 75% Muscat Petit Grains Blanc and 25% Noir which is unusual and why the colour is so rich, and the flavour mysterious. There are utterly deicious notes of orange flowers, nuts, dried banana and dried raisins with a hint of dried figs. [read on...]


£18.15  

A B V: 15% Vintage: non-vintag Color: white Country: France Region: Rhone Code: 81764

Muscat Marckrain Grand Cru 2000

South of the village Bennwihr, the Marckrain rises over the wine route. It enjoys a very favourable east to south-east exposure with a special micro-climate. Dry, well rounded strong Muscat flavour with good crispness. [read on...]


£6.50  

A B V: 12% Vintage: 2000 Color: Country: France Region: Alsace Code: 53771

Nectar des Anges, Moelleux Touraine 1997

A unique sweet wine produced from 50% each of late picked Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc in an exceptional year. The yield was only 15 hectolitres per hectare. Very rich raisiny flavour with a touch of Botrytis. A perfect stickywith dessert, especially fresh strawberries and if the pocket will stretch to it, foie gras. [read on...]


£9.35  

A B V: 12% Vintage: 1997 Color: unspecifie Code: 48862

Nuite-St-George 1er Cr and ucirc: Les Vaucrains 1

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£28.75  

A B V: 13.5% Vintage: 2001 Color: red Country: France Code: 57672

Orélie Rouge Sparkling NV

This bold sparkling red is a unique blend of Syrah and Gamay. Ruby red with purplse shades its fine bubbles enhance smooth aromas of red fruits and hints of spices. The intriguing appealing flavour is packed with fruit and sweet fruit. [read on...]


£9.10  

A B V: 12.5% Vintage: non-vintag Color: red Country: France Region: Ardeche Code: 84831

Perle des Fruits, la Perriere Sans Alcohol NV

Pure grape juice made from Muscadet grapes. There is delicious acidity to balance the natural grape sugar. Sold in champagne bottles with CO2 added. [read on...]


£2.94  

A B V: 0% Vintage: non-vintag Color: unspecifie Code: 82077

Petit Chablis Malandes 2012

Petit Chablis is one of the four appellations in Chablis. Unfortuately named because there is nothing small about this wine. Produced from Chardonnay, known locally as Beaunois,it has classic minerality, pure with white peach nuances, fresh and clean on the finish. [read on...]


£14.15  

A B V: 12% Vintage: 2012 Color: white Country: France Code: 79983

Petit Chablis Malandes 2015

A great value example of what good Petit Chablis should deliver. One of four appellations of Chablis and although 'Petite' means 'small' in French- there is nothing small about this wine. Produced from Chardonnay known locally as Beaunois, it has classic minerality, appealing citrus aromas and green apple, peach, acacia and nectarine flavours. [read on...]


£15.70  

A B V: 12% Vintage: 2015 Color: white Country: France Code: 82563

Petite Marie Vendanges Passerille NV

A delicious light sweet white wine- fruity, made from a Muscat Petit Grains, Viognier and Rousanne, with pronounced exotic fruits of mango, white peaches, pineapple and nectarines at a natural alcoholic strength of 12. 5 making it the perfect wine to accompany desserts and cheese, especially blue cheese. [read on...]


£12.55  

A B V: 12.5% Vintage: non-vintag Color: white Country: France Code: 83346

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