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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Moulin-a-Vent 2009

The biggest and potentially the best of Beaujolais Grand Crû, this wine embodies all the great qualities of this famous wine region. Fine deep ruby with a touch of youthful violet, really good granity earthy Gamay fruit,both chocolatey rich and minerally pure. A powerful meaty wine which although made from 'Gamay, has the distinct 'feel' of a northern Burgundy. [read on...]


A B V: 13.5% Vintage: 2009 Color: red Country: France Code: 76656

Muscadet AOC 13 3Litre BIB

The producer described this wine as his 'simple' Muscadet. There is nothing simple about it. It gets its maturity from the type of soil that the vines are grown on. There are aromas of peach leaves and white flowers, with notes of citrus an grapefruit in the flavour. Good value. [read on...]


A B V: 12% Vintage: 2013 Color: white Code: 79497

Muscadet Cuvée Prestige 16

Very pale straw gold colour, this top award winning wine embraces everything that is splendid in exceptional wine from this region, south west of Nantes. Produced from grapes from over 40 year old vines, grown on schistes soil, the bouquet has a fine richness of fruit and minerality progressing to a round mature and great concentrated flavour. Great elegance and freshnes. Awarded Hachette 2 Star and prestigeous Coupd de Coeur. [read on...]


A B V: 12% Vintage: 2016 Color: white Country: France Region: Loire-Atlantique Code: 84597

Muscadet Excellence la Perriere 16

Sevre-et Maine is the best of the Muscadet delimited zones producing dry, clean, fresh fruity wines. This is an outstanding example with beautiful pale yellow and green reflections & a mouthwatering texture and complexity of youthful flavours of lemon, citrus,white flowers (acacia), pear, peach and hawthorn. It is beautifully balanced with racy minerality. Crisp with a squirt of lemon character so it goes especially well with fish and shell- fish. [read on...]


A B V: 12% Vintage: 2016 Color: white Country: France Code: 84588

Muscat Beaumes de Venise Rosé Trad. 75cl

Alderney was the first to discover and import this gem into the UK and Channel Islands! Pale pink rose colour, it is exotic, sweet but finely balanced by acidity. Chilled it makes an excellent aperitif or goes well with melon and desserts (especially chocolate desserts and fresh fruit salad) and blue cheeses. [read on...]


A B V: 15% Vintage: non-vintag Color: rose Country: France Code: 79819

Muscat de Beaune de Venise Rouge

Very rare, sweet red wine produced from the sparsely grown Muscat Petits Grains grape, big flavour, rich and powerful with raisiny,chocolatey nuances. Chilled it makes a very unusual but delicious aperitif and goes wonderfully well with chicken liver, veal kidneys in Madeira sauce, and most especially chocolate desserts. [read on...]


A B V: 15.5% Vintage: non-vintag Color: red Country: France Code: 71304

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...]


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...]


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...]


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

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