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 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 Beaumes de Venise 14 75cl

What makes this exquisit sweet wine uniquely different is the blend of 25% Muscat a Petit Grains Noirs with the white variety giving a pink colour. The nose has the classic Muscat fine perfume, round and velvety. The flavour has apricots, white peaches, nectarines blending with spice and home-baked orange marmalade. The finish is wonderfully fresh. Exotic sweet without being cloying - perfect and utterly delicious. Great with dessert, foie gras and young goats cheese, perfect with most chocolate. Half Bottles available 37. 5cl. [read on...]


A B V: 15% Vintage: 2014 Color: white Country: France Region: Rhone Code: 81747

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

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

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

Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cr and ucirc: Les Bousselots

Brick red colour. Excellent structure with ripe fruit and soft tannins. For current drinking. [read on...]


Vintage: -1 Color: Country: France Region: Bordeaux Code: 59228

Offley Port Ruby Bottle

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A B V: 19% Vintage: non-vintag Color: red Country: Portugal Code: 83701

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