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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Mâcon La Roche Vigneuse Blanc 2007

A stunning white Burgundy from the superior Villages classification. Pale straw colour with green tinge, with aromas of strawberries, pineapple and gereengage, with a touch of vanilla as 30% of this wine was matured in French oak casks, The flavour is powerful and rich, with a hint of hazelnuts. A delightful wine up with the very best. [read on...]


A B V: 13.5% Vintage: 2007 Color: white Country: France Code: 72077

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...]


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

Mâcon Villages Blanc, Vieilles Vignes 2006

A really outstanding Macon with the superior Villages appellation and produced from grapes grown on very old vines. A very complex flavour of acacia honey, muscat, brioche, dried apricots and mango carries over the palate, with a long satisfying farewell. Delicious. [read on...]


A B V: 13% Vintage: 2006 Color: white Country: France Code: 72069

Mâcon Vinzelles 15 Gold Medal Paris

From the superior Vinelles commune, this excellent dry whitehas appealing aromas of pineapple and comice pears, which carry over to the palate to add to the tyropical fruit and complexity in the mouth. It full justifies the Gold Medal award in Paris ofr "Excellence. [read on...]


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...]


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...]


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

Menetou Salon Blanc 2013

MenetouSalon forms one of th five Sauvignon appellation controlee wines on the eqastern end of the Loire,along with Sancerre, Pouilly Fume, Quincy and Reuilly. The quality and style are not at all dissimilar to their famous neighbours but offer much better value. The nose is vibrant and aromatic with citrus fruit and herbaceous notes. The flavour has crisp, fresh fruit with notes of white flowers (acacia) and citrus. [read on...]


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

Menetou Salon Rosé 2013

A super pale salmon pink coloured rose produced from Pinot Noir with fresh aromas of peach and nectarine and red fruits on the palate, especially strawberries. Dry and ideal with fish, especially shellfish and goats cheese. [read on...]


A B V: 12.5% Vintage: 2013 Color: rose Country: France Code: 80079

MJ Janiel Gros Manseng-Sauvignon 2013

The Gros Manseng grape, of French origin, is amongst the most widely grown in the world, characterise by good potential alcohol and high acidity providing superb structure. Bright butter yellow, it has a fresh explosive bouquet of white peaches and white flower notes, and an elegant palate with a delicious balance betwen the fresh fruit aromas of acacia white flowers and flavours of white peaches and limes in the mouth, giving excellent length. [read on...]


A B V: 13% Vintage: 2013 Color: white Country: France Code: 79722

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