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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Dom. de Montmarin Sauvignon Blanc 15

Made from 100% of the ever popular Sauvignon grape this wine shows pleasant relaxed elegance with some richness on the palate typical of vines from a sunny vineyard. Plenty of juicy tastes of grapefruit, passion fruit and tropical flavours, interlaced with a fresh crispness. A really versatile wine that drinks easily and well on its own or accompanies a wide variety of fish and white meat dishes, including Thai and Sushi. [read on...]


A B V: 12% Vintage: 2015 Color: white Code: 83276

Dom. de Montmarin Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Its pale color with green reflections offers a nose with notes of slightly lemony boxwood. The mouth, elegant, delivers citrus aromas, predominantly pink grapefruit and lemon. [read on...]


A B V: 12% Vintage: 2016 Color: white Country: France Code: 85413

Domaine Guillemarine, Picpoul de Pinet 2015

Until recently Picpoul de Pinet was little known outside of France despite substantial vineyards in the Languedoc. This wine is a classic example, fine, fruity, crisp & dry with notes of white flowers, white peaches, tropical fruits and minerally lemon-grapefruit on the finish. Excellent with seafood, brilliant with moules frites! [read on...]


A B V: 13% Vintage: 2015 Color: white Country: France Code: 83241

Domaine Rosier,Blanquette de Limoux

Limoux in France is famous for the production of quality sparkling wines made by the same laborious method as Champagne. In fact they claim to have invented Methode Champenoise. Henri Guilheim, in his book 'Le Blanquette de Limoux', published in 1951 refers to a text dating back to 1531 which refers to 'flasks of Blanquette from St Hilaire'. It is even said that a certain Dom Perignon, attorney cellarer from Hautevilliers near Epernay in the champagne region went to the Abbey of Saint Hilaire a centurylater to take lessons in vinification from his Benedictine brothers. Produced from 90% Mauzac and 10% Chardonnay without chemical fertilisers. It has a bouquet with hints of acacia flowers and elegance. The character of the Chardonnay is evident in the flavour, full in the month and a fine mousse. We offer this bubbly as an ideal alternative to its more famous champagne at a much lower price. Really excellent. Hachette 3*** [read on...]


A B V: 12% Vintage: non-vintag Color: white Country: France Code: 70183

Dorsheimer Pittermn Riesling Kab Halbtrocken 97

A wine of great interest. Well rounded, elegant, silky fruit and a dry/ sweet balance to please both dry and medium dry wine enthusiasts. [read on...]


A B V: 10% Vintage: 1997 Color: Country: Germany Region: Rhine Code: 41251

Elgin Vignier 2009

Elgin Vintners is a small group of wine estates who have grouped together to produce and sell their wines, each estate specializing in a seperate grape variety. Elgin is the centre of the apple growing region in the Cape where Appletizer was first produced and the cool climate is perfect for producing excellent Viognier white wine. Pale gold colour with an exotic fruity bouquet of apricots and white peaches. The flavour is rich and full in the mouth with delicious complexity a lime and citrus freshness with a very gentle discreet broading of flavours because of a brief sojourn in French oak. The farewell is balanced, crisp and long. Perfect with sushi, Thai food, spicy dishes and chicken with lemon sauce. [read on...]


A B V: 13.5% Vintage: 2009 Color: white Country: South Africa Code: 74988

Fleurie 2013 Nugues

A fine Fleurie produced from hand picked grapes on 45 year old Gamay vines. Considered the most feminine of the 10 Beaujolais Grand Cru, it has a classic brilliant purple robe and silky textured flavour, full of floral racy red fruits. Lingering tannins with a lick of spice grace the farewell. [read on...]


A B V: 13% Vintage: 2013 Color: red Country: France Code: 82641

Freixinet Brut Rose NV Spain

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A B V: 12% Vintage: non-vintag Color: unspecifie Country: Spain Region: Barcelona Code: 27

Fumees Blanches Sauvignon Blanc 2016

A hugely popular Sauvignon Blanc produced in South West France. Successive vintages have received a clutch of awards confirming consistent top quality. This latest gem is no exception with aromatic purity and a delicious crisp- ness in a flavour packed with fruit, and a long finish. Perfect as an aperitif or with fish and shell-fish. [read on...]


A B V: 11.5% Vintage: 2016 Color: white Country: France Code: 83867

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