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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The Old Mans Sparkling Blush N V

Made by the traditional Champagne methods of bottle fermentation, it is produced from an interesting grape blend of 20% Chardonnay and 80% Pinot Noir. After disgorging and dosage the wine is matured in bottle for a further two years. This time honoured process produces a classic yeasty biscuit flavour. [read on...]


A B V: 11.5% Vintage: non-vintag Color: unspecifie Code: 77333

Tokay Pinot Gris Strangenberg 2001 Bestheim

The Strangenberg vineyard is located in the Noble Valley and produce wines of strength and longevity. The bouquet has hints of dry fruits, the flavour has characteristic fullness, roundness and sheer opulence. Soft and dry. [read on...]


A B V: 13% Vintage: 2001 Color: white Country: France Region: Haut-Rhin Code: 53815

Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Marteau

A super Sauvignon Blanc produced from grapes grown on the premium left bank of the River Cher. The grapes are harvested at optimum maturity,producing a wine with aromas of citrus and tropical fruits - passion fruit, grapefruit citrus and quince. Soft, supple and elegant in the mouth, it embraces the true personality of Touraine & is firmly established as a very firm favourite. [read on...]


A B V: 13% Vintage: 2016 Color: white Country: France Region: Loire-Atlantique Code: 84666

Tulbagh Colombard/Chenin Blanc 2013

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A B V: 12% Vintage: 2013 Color: white Country: South Africa Region: Western Cape Code: 78576

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A B V: 40% Vintage: non-vintag Color: unspecifie Country: France Region: Calvados Code: 73198

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A Valpolicella with real character, produced from Corvina Veronese Molinara, and Rondinella grapes, harvested on the slopes near Verona, offering ample proof that Valpolicella deserves much more attention and recognition. Zippy acidity enlivens tasty fruit and earth flavours. A fine quality affordable food-friendly wine. [read on...]


A B V: 12% Vintage: 2014 Color: red Country: Italy Region: Veneto Code: 81217

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A B V: 25% Vintage: non-vintag Color: unspecifie Country: South Africa Code: 70400

Ventoux Mistral Couchant AOC 2011

A delicious blended wine of good value. It is fleshy yet velvety in texture with elegance and finesse. The syrah grape adds to its complexity with notes of caramel, violets and a hint of black pepper. [read on...]


A B V: 13% Vintage: 2011 Color: red Country: France Region: Rhone Code: 79844

Vidal Estate Syrah 2002

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A B V: 14.5% Vintage: 2002 Color: Country: New Zealand Code: 59053

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