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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Côteaux du Layon Rochefort 2014 50cl

One of the best sweet wines we have come across in recent years. Dressed in a beautiful amber colour, the nose offers complex hints of citrus, marmalade and strawberry jam with a strong honey thread. The flavour is rich, powerful, opulent, retaining its youthful freshness with a very long finish and a brush of mocha. A huge, powerful complex wine, sappy and racy. [read on...]


A B V: 11% Vintage: 2014 Color: white Country: France Region: Loire-Atlantique Code: 82199

Côteaux du Layon Rochefort 2015

Flavours of pear, peach, crystallizd pineapple, ripe nectarines and quince abound in this delicious, youthful Loire sweet white. Wonderful balance and exotically rich. Blue cheese, foie gras and fruit salad are perfect partners. [read on...]


A B V: 12.5% Vintage: 2015 Color: white Country: France Region: Loire Code: 82181

Côtes de Beaune Clos de la Perrière 2011

This excellent red burgundy shows the noble Pinot Noir grape at its mouthwatering best. It features expressions of red fruits and sous-bois with fine velvety well integrated ripe tannins. [read on...]


A B V: 13% Vintage: 2011 Color: red Country: France Code: 80113

Côtes du Rhône Generation Blanc 2010

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A B V: 13.5% Vintage: 2010 Color: white Country: France Code: 76282

Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu 13

Plan de Dieu (translated means God's Plain) was granted Cotes du Rhone status in 2005. Produced from Grenache and Syrah this wine is high in colour, dense and concentrated. The nose is reminiscent of the surrounding garrigue (wild scrubland) with black fruits and mulberries on the nose with scents of thyme and bay leaves. Full bodied and powerful it offers superb value and dances with anything from the grill. [read on...]


A B V: 14.5% Vintage: 2013 Color: red Country: France Region: Rhone Code: 82538

Côtes du Rhônes Rose 2015 Blanquettes

Pale rose with a hint of salmon with a very attractive bouquet of red fruits, strawberries, white peaches and English bon-bons. The flavour is packed with red and stone fruits, well structured and good complexity bound by a delicious crispness. [read on...]


A B V: 14% Vintage: 2015 Color: rose Country: France Region: Rhone Code: 82511

Cederberg Bukettraube 2016

A rare cultivar with only 77 hectares left in the world. Cederberg Bukettraube is an explosion of aroma and flavour. It has prominent Muscat flavours with apricot and floral notes on the nose. A finely balanced wine with a delicate sweetness and a crisp acidity to balance. [read on...]


A B V: 13.5% Vintage: 2016 Color: white Country: South Africa Region: Northern Cape Code: 83928

Cederberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

The Cederberg high altitude Cabernet vineyards have a longer ripening period giving rise to this phenonemal wine. Bags of blackcurrants with cedarwood undertones on the nose with hints of smokiness and tobacco leaf creating a complex wine. There is fine integration of oak with a velvety finish in the mouth. One of the best in South Africa and regularly one of our favourite Cederberg reds. [read on...]


A B V: 14% Vintage: 2015 Color: red Country: South Africa Code: 82946

Cederberg Chenin Blanc 2005

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A B V: 13% Vintage: 2005 Color: unspecifie Country: South Africa Region: Cederberg Code: 64475

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