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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Corton Vergennes,Grand Cru Blanc 1996 Chanson

A `Grand Vin`. Great elegance! Nose shows complex aromas of dried fruit and white flowers and very pure mineral aromas. On the palate, strength, density, long after-taste and finesse in complete harmony. Wonderful. [read on...]


A B V: 13.5% Vintage: 1996 Color: white Country: France Code: 42347

Coteaux de Saumur,Reserve des Vignerons 1996

Honeyed bouquet. Surprisingly lively and youthful flavour with acidity to balance the sweetness, Medium to medium dry. This is one of the Loires rarer wines - only being made in great vintage years. [read on...]


A B V: 12.5% Vintage: 1996 Color: Country: France Region: Loire Code: 43998

Coteaux du Layon Beaulieu 1ere Trie 1989 Chene

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A B V: 13% Vintage: -1 Color: Country: France Region: Loire Code: 14727

Cremant de Bourgogne Sparkling Brut NV

This vine is produced with Chardonnay grape variety. The juice select are collected for a first "fermentation" in vat. This Crémant de Bourgogne is bottled and laid on rack minimum 9 months. The epitome of finesse, light, shiny, fruity sparkling wine. [read on...]


A B V: 12% Vintage: non-vintag Color: white Country: France Code: 76509

Cuvée Gravettes Chardonnay 2016

This Chardonnay is grown on 'Gravettes'- an exceptional terroir made up of a complex minerality soil of stones, sand and clay. Distinctly Burgundian in style, this super wine has a light delicate aroma of white acacia flowers, great complexity in the mouth, almond, lime blossom, buttery and citrus with a finely balanced long finish. Excellent as an aperitif or with fish with sauce or soft cheeses. [read on...]


A B V: 12.5% Vintage: 2015 Color: white Country: France Region: Ardeche Code: 84797

Cuvée Orelie Blanc 16

Versatile easy drinking dry white - a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay - with intense aromas of white flowers (acacia), grapefruit and citrus. A fresh very fruity flavour, round and supple with a hint of citrus [read on...]


A B V: 12.5% Vintage: 2016 Color: white Country: France Region: Ardeche Code: 83884

Cuvée Orelie Rouge 15

Made up from 80% Merlot and 20% Gamay this attractive easy drinking red has plenty redcurrant and grenadine in the fruity bouquet with just a hint of coconut and a soft, supple flavour with well integrate tannins. [read on...]


A B V: 14% Vintage: 2015 Color: white Country: France Region: Ardeche Code: 82450

Della Casa Rosso

A light - bodied red wine with fruit and character which offers good value. Quaffable and in the style of Veronese red wine. [read on...]


A B V: 11.5% Vintage: -1 Color: Country: Italy Code: 47177

Dom. de la Pinede Sauvignon Blanc 16

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A B V: 12.5% Vintage: 2016 Color: white Country: France Code: 84875

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