6 Countries Known for Manufacturing the Finest Wines in The World
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Consider yourself a lover of fine wine? Are you also always on the lookout for new types and brands of wines to delight your taste buds with? If so, do you know where you can find the most delectable and highest quality wines in the world?
If you’re unsure as to which countries across the globe are known to produce the best wines, then you came to the right place! On this post, we’re sharing a short list of countries where you can find the finest wines money can buy!
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The largest wine producers in the world (7-8 billion bottles produced annually), France has been producing wine since the 6th Century BC. Two of the most popular winemaking concepts used here are the terroir and the Appellation d’Origine Controlee (AOC) System.
If you are a white wine lover, then Alsace is the place to be as they have a variety of grapes, which allow them to produce some of the most delicious white wines.However, they are also known for their high quality sweet, rose and red wines. Similarly, if you are a red wine lover, then you should make a point to visit Bordeaux! Initially, experts made wine from the Gamay grape, but as they have more than 12 varieties of grapes, more varieties of wine are produced annually. All in all be sure to visit France to experience beautifully crafted wines!
Italy is popular for its broad variety of wines, making it the second largest wine producers in the world. It contributes 1/3rd to the global wine production and is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions of the world. It is home to more than 1 million vineyards, growing varieties of grapes in every region.
Winemaking in Italy dates back as far as the 2nd century BC, initiated by the Greeks and Etruscan settlers. They pioneered large-scale wine production and storage techniques. There are around 20 Italian wine regions, 73 DOCG wines being popular in 15 of them. Other than that, Barolo, Barbaresco, Brunello di Montalcino (together known as the “Killer B’s”), Amarone Della Valpolicella, Franciacorta sparkling wines, and Taurasi are some of the most notable and must have Italian wines.
Spain is the most widely planted wine producing nation in the world. It has worked its way to becoming the third largest wine producer in the world. They have more than 400 varieties of grapes, though only 20 varieties are used for most of the wine production. The two flagship winemaking regions of Spain are Rioja and Priorat. If you are looking for robust red wines, then Spain is the place to be!
The United States of America
When it comes to the states, California is the top producer of wines. That said, overall, The US has earned the title of being the fourth largest wine producer in the world and is also the sixth most wine planted country in the world. Though the West Coast of the states produces 90% of its total wine, there is at least one winery in each of the 50 states.
As some of the Argentine cuisines have roots in Spain, so do Argentine wines. It is the fifth largest wine producer in the world. Earlier, all their focus was on quantity because the country consumed most of its produced wine, but later when they started exporting that they started focusing on quality of their wines.
The Mendoza province produces more than half of its total wine. It is because of the many immigrant groups that entered Argentina at some point in time that they have a variety of grapes cultivated to produce different types of wine. The Rio Negro and Neuquen are two places which used to be fruit-producing regions but now are used for planting cool climate varietals. Head on over to Argentina to taste amazing varieties of white wine!
Australia has an over 2 billion dollar market of domestic wines and is also the fourth largest exporter of wines in the world. There are over 60 wine regions in Australia, most of them following the terroir concept of winemaking. They prefer labeling the wine with the name of the grape variety, especially for wine lovers to know what type of wine it is. Tamar Valley is popular for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, focusing on producing high-quality wines. They have strict regulations for information on wine labels to create trust and ensure delicious varieties of wines.
German wine is also some of the oldest wine plantations going back to the Roman era. Most of the wine is produced in the west region, along the Rhine river and its tributaries. It is the eighth largest wine producer in the world, producing 1.2 billion bottles annually. It is safe to say that it is a white wine dominating country with 2/3rd’s of its total wine production.
The high level of acidity in German wines is its most distinctive quality, and the unique wine style produced there are fortified wines. They have a variety of sweet, rose, sparkling and other wines (White and Red), hence, ensure that Germany is on your bucket list!
Are You High Yet?
Wines are one of the most poise alcohol beverages in the world. They drip of elegance, and the buzz that you get after drinking your favorite wine is one of the best high(s) of your life. Wines are indeed produced around the world, but if you are crazy for the most delicious wines, then you should surely visit these countries and experience the best wines in the world!
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