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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Beaujolais Village Rouge 2013 Moliere

The Beaujolais Villages appellation from 38 specific superior communes represents a signifcant step up in quality from plain Beaujolais with a more serious style. The Gamay grape produces a lighter style red wine showing red cherries, strawberries and banana notes. This is a great example and is the first wine ever to be exported from this small family domaine. [read on...]


A B V: 12.5% Vintage: 2013 Color: red Country: France Code: 80183

Beaujolais Village Rouge 2014 Moliere

The Beaujolais Villages Appellation covers 38 specific superior communes and represents a signifcant step up from the more prolific plain Beaujolais with a more serious style. This vintage shows red cherries, soft red fruits and a touch of banana. [read on...]


A B V: 12.5% Vintage: 2014 Color: red Country: France Code: 82624

Beaujolais Villages Rosé 2013 Nugues

Made from grapes grown on young Pinot Noir vines, this delicious, fruity, crisp pale rose from this excellent domaine makes its first appearance in our wine list. It has mouthwatering moreish flavours of crushed raspberries black cherries and redcurrants, with the faintest hint of spice. It is versatile and can be enjoyed as an aperitif, charcuterie and especially shellfish. [read on...]


A B V: 12% Vintage: 2013 Color: rose Country: France Code: 80149

Beaujolais-Villages Blanc 2010 Nugues

This clasasic white Chardonnay is unoaked. It was left on its 'lees' for 2-3 months to add complexity to its flavour and early bottling ensured that its delicious fresh, youthful fruit was conserved. Intense complex aromas of white and yellow fruits (peaches) follow onto the palate to add to the citrus and white flowers. Full, round and rich, it really is a quality match for fine Burgundy. [read on...]


A B V: 13% Vintage: 2010 Color: red Country: France Code: 76595

Beaune Les Greves 1er Crû 2011

As the saying goes 'all roads lead to Rome but the finest pass through Beaune'! This historic and beautiful town is regarded as the capital of Burgundy and very worthwhile a detour to visit. Their wines are distinguished, complex, intriguing, beguiling and immensely pleasing. This wine from the top 'Les Greves 1er Cru' vineyards encompasses all the very best qualities and expresses the very finest characteristics. The bouquet has nuances of black cherries and blackcurrants and the flavour is full yet distinguished and refined with fine silky tannins. [read on...]


A B V: 13% Vintage: 2011 Color: red Country: France Code: 80130

Beaune-Cent-Vignes,1er Cru 1992 Meursault

The vines used to produce this wine are grown oin the top edge of the favoured Feves. It has a bouquet of cooked fruits and plums with spicy undertones and a delicious rich well-rounded mature flavour with the remotest hint of oak. For current drinking. [read on...]


Vintage: 1992 Color: unspecifie Country: France Region: Beaune Code: 41712

Blanquette Methode Ancestrale AOC

Unique sweet hand picked sparkler, 8% alcohol! Produced from Mauzac grapes grown on 40YO vines-a grape unique to Limoux in SW France. Characteristically high in acidity which is ideal for sparkling wines & balances the sweetness of this wine perfectly. Unlike champagne & sparkling wines made by the champagne method this wine has had only one fermentation in bottle using indigenous natural wild yeast & being bottled by the third moon in March to produce the bubbles (prise de mousse). The fermentation in the bottle is arrested naturally leaving a truly delicious natural sweetness. Its robe is pale gold with a very fine bubble. The nose has an expressive aromatic range of stewed fruits, quince with a hint of soft spices & the taste is a pleasantly surprising blend of delicious grapy sweetness perfectly balanced with crisp acidity & notes of green apple. Fine match with dessert and absolutely irresustable with cakes. tart aux pommes and chocolate. [read on...]


A B V: 8% Vintage: non-vintag Color: white Country: France Code: 75100

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Vintage: non-vintag Color: white Country: Germany Code: 57811

Bodega Piedra Negra Pinot Gris 2013

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A B V: 13% Vintage: 2013 Color: white Country: Argentina Code: 79705

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