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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Recioto della Valpolicella 2009 50cl

A stunning, rich cherry chocolaty red from Veronain north east Italy. Grapes are picked late in the vintage, starting to turn to raisins. They are further dried on racks for up to 6 months and the wine is made as late as January or February the following year. Fermentation stops early leaving a big, powerfully, raisiny sweet red. [read on...]


Vintage: 2009 Color: red Country: France Code: 77047

Richemonts Chardonnay 15

A really delicious inexpensive unoaked Chardonnay which is veratile and will appeal to a wide spectrum of palates. Well rounded with flavours of citrus, apricots and yellow peaches. This will go easily as an aperitif or with food, such as fish and white meats with sauces. [read on...]


A B V: 13% Vintage: 2015 Color: white Country: France Region: Ardeche Code: 82381

Richmonts Grenache Rosé 2016

Delicate pale pink rose showing classic attractive strawberry flavours and style that is characteristics of Grenache Noir. Charming and very well balanced. [read on...]


A B V: 13% Vintage: 2016 Color: rose Country: France Region: Ardeche Code: 84536

Richmonts Sauvignon Blanc 16

An outstanding example of southern French Sauvignon with plenty of citrus and gooseberry fruit flavours. Bright, refreshing and perfect to enjoy by the glass and pairs well with fish and shellfish. [read on...]


A B V: 12.5% Vintage: 2016 Color: white Country: France Region: Ardeche Code: 83893

Rubis Rouge DS Methode Champeniois NV

A rare red sparkling demi-sec from the Loire, produced by the Champagne method from Grolleau and Cabernet Franc grapes. It has a strong purple robe fine delicate bubbles, a bouquet of red and black fruits with a complex well rounded flavour. Ideal as an aperitif for those who prefer a sweeter wine or to accompany desserts, especially chocolate gateaux or fresh fruit salad. [read on...]


A B V: 12.5% Vintage: non-vintag Color: red Country: France Region: Loire-Atlantique Code: 82250

Saint Albert du Pacherenc du Vic Bilh 2001

Wonderfully rich and intense bouquet of exotic fruits and citrus with a hint of honey, vanilla and sweet almonds. Luscious rich sweet flavour (fruit salad) with zingy acidity on the farewell without the cloying of many sweet wines. A great vintage and good alternative to Sauternes. [read on...]


A B V: 13% Vintage: 2001 Color: Country: France Region: Gascony Code: 55760

Saint Veran Grande Reserve 07 Coup de Coeur

Vinification in the finest French oak barrels has added great complexity to this dry white wine. The nose has whiffs of vanilla and hazelnut and in the mouth it is big, powerful with a suggestion of toasted brioche and liquorice and orange peel on the farewell. A real blockbuster awarded the maximum ***and Coup de Coeur by Hachette. Powerful enough to go with most white meas in rich sauces. Fabulous marrage with Coquille St Jacques and Beurre Orange. [read on...]


A B V: 13% Vintage: 2007 Color: white Country: France Code: 73884

Sancerre Blanc, Cuvée Elegance Godon 15

Jerome Godon consistently receives accolades for the fine quality of his Sancerre. This vintage is an excellent 'follow' to his earlier one and similar in style. Pale with clean, fresh lively fruit on the nose and delicious youthful rich fruit in the flavour with notes of citrus, white flowers, passionfruit and graepfruit. [read on...]


A B V: 12.5% Vintage: 2015 Color: white Country: France Code: 82138

Sancerre Rosè Les Villots 2008

Tender coloured pink rose with a touch of salmon. The bouquet exudes charm and its powerful fruit is a pleasant surprise of raspberries, aniseed, brioche and exotic fruits. Its structure is really complex, broad and satisfying, firm and long in the mouth. A real cracker. [read on...]


A B V: 13% Vintage: 2008 Color: rose Country: France Region: Loire Code: 71895

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