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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Vidal Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Aromas of passionfruit and citrus combined with tropical fruit flavours in this vibrant wine. A true expression of a Malborough Sauvignon Blanc. [read on...]


A B V: 13% Vintage: 2013 Color: white Country: New Zealand Region: Marlborough Code: 80557

Vinsobres Altitude

Powerful mouthwatering wine with a complex flavours of red fruits, figs, raisins, orange marmalade and mocha and a touch of spice at the end. Its special charater derives from amongst other things the vineyard being 420 meters above sea level - hence the name. [read on...]


A B V: 13.5% Vintage: 2009 Color: red Country: France Region: Rhone Code: 76265

Viognier, Terre Eglantier 2016

A versatile wine with an intriguing character, full bodied, lush and soft. The nose includes notes of peaches, pears, apricots, tangerines and honeysuckle. The flavour isof dried fruits, acacia honey and tropical fruits. A hedonistic wine, delicious as an aperitif and with fish, especially scallops. [read on...]


A B V: 14% Vintage: 2016 Color: white Country: France Region: Ardeche Code: 84866

Volnay Clos des Chenes 1er Cru 1996 Meursau

Soft, fragrant elegant style but with a firm structure. Flavour is long in the mouth. Can be drunk now but will repay keeping for a year or two. [read on...]


A B V: 13% Vintage: 1996 Color: red Country: France Region: Beaune Code: 44692

Volnay Les Brouillards 2007

This fine red Burgandy has underlined, yet again, that the 2007 vintage may well turn out to be one of the best in recent years. Volnay is between Pommard and Meursault and often produces the best reds of the Cote de Beaune. Structured and silky, with elegance and plenty of delicious Pinot Noir friut, black cherries, redcurrants, cassis, this is certainly the wine to 'cut your teeth on' if you have ever experienced the pleasure of top notch Volnay. [read on...]


A B V: 13% Vintage: 2007 Color: red Country: France Code: 73954

Vosne-Romanee les Malconsorts 1er Cru 97 Frantin

One of the great reds from the Cotes de Nuits, just north of Nuits-St- Georges. Rich, fat, expansive and highly perfumed. This vintage is now drinking well, and will be followed by the 1998 vintage which is equally good but still too young. [read on...]


Vintage: 1997 Color: Country: France Region: Burgundy Code: 20748

Vouvray Brut Methode Trad. Cuvée Millésimée

A brilliant alternatie to Champagne, at a more pocket-friendly price, this award winning sparkling wine has a very fine 'mousse' and delicate bouquet with nuances of acacia, citrus and brioche and with bottle age has developed notes of apricots, quince and floral honey. [read on...]


A B V: 12.5% Vintage: 2009 Color: white Code: 80391

Vouvray Brut Sparkling Méthode Traditionelle

Produed by the Champagne method and produced and matured in bottle on the lees for one year, has given this delicious sparkler a perfect mousse with fine bubbles. The nose has classic exotic fruit of peach, acacia, dried fruit and delicious citrus crispness, yet elegant and vivacious. Classy and a price friendly alternative to Champagne. Perfect as an aperitif and with fish and scallops. [read on...]


A B V: 12.5% Vintage: non-vintag Color: white Country: France Region: Loire-Atlantique Code: 84658

Vouvray Cuvee Trie de Vendange 1996 Champelou 5

An extraordinary sweet wine, moelleux, the result of a tri with a high percentage of noble rot and 11% of alcohol, and from an exceptional year. Champalou deliberately kept the alcohol low leaving the balance in residual sugar because that was how the legendary Vouvrays of 1921 and 1947 were made. Honeyed, intense with full flavours of apricot, pineapple and peach. It is gorgeous. [read on...]


A B V: 11% Vintage: 2005 Color: Country: France Region: Loire Code: 44666

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