Top Fine Wine Manufacturing Countries in The World
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Are you a fine wine lover always on the lookout for new types of wines to delight your taste buds?
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!
Here, we’re sharing a list of countries where you can find the finest wines money can buy.
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The largest wine producer in the world, France has been making 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 it has a great variety of grapes that allows them to produce some of the most delicious white wines. However, the area is also known for the high quality sweet, rose, and red wines.
Red wine lovers should plan to visit the famous Bordeaux area! Initially, experts made wine from the Gamay grape, but as they have more than 12 varieties of grapes, they produce tons of different wines annually.
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Italy is popular for its broad variety of wines, making it the second-largest wine producer in the world. It contributes one third to the global wine production and is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions of the world.
There are more than 1 million vineyards in the boot-shaped country, 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, with 73 DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) wines being popular in 15 of them.
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 famous Italian wines.
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While Spain is home to the largest vineyard acreage in the world, it is only the third-largest wine producer.
The history of wine making in the area dates to 4000 and 3000 BC, long before the Phoenicians founded Cadiz (in 1100 BC).
There are more than 400 varieties of grapes planted throughout the country, although only 20 varieties make up most of the wine production (88%).
There are 12 main wine regions. Two of the most famous are Rioja and Ribera del Duero, known for their Tempranillo production. Other well-known regions are Penedès and Priorat, which produce white wines, including Cava.
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When it comes to the United States, California is the top producer of wines.
Overall, the US has earned the title of being the fourth largest wine producer in the world and ranks sixth in vineyard acreage across the globe.
The state’s wine making history dates to the 18th century, when the Spanish missionaries planted grapes to have wine for the Mass.
Though California alone produces 80-90% of the total wine production across the US, there are more than 1,200 wineries in the country.
The most planted variety is Chardonnay, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Burgundy grape Pinot Noir.
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Since part of the Argentine cuisine has roots in Spain, so do the Argentine wines.
The industry’s history has its roots in the Spanish colonization of Argentina. The first vineyard was established in 1556 with cuttings from the Chilean Central Valley.
The fifth-largest wine producer in the world started off focusing on quantity because the country consumed most of its produced wine. And although Argentina produced more wine than any European nation, it was mostly considered unexportable.
Later, however, when the desire to export grew, the Argentine producers started focusing on the quality and their popularity increased.
The Mendoza province produces more than half of the wine in the country. This is due to the immigrant population that made a point to have a variety of grapes cultivated to produce different types of wine.
On the other hand, The Rio Negro and Neuquen are two places that used to be fruit-producing regions but now are used for planting cool climate grape varieties.
Australia has a 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.
Germany is also home to some of the oldest wine plantations in the world, with a history going back to the Roman era.
Most of the German wine is produced in the west region, along the Rhine river and its tributaries.
Germany is the eighth largest wine producer in the world, and it is safe to say that it is a white wine dominating country. The whites make up two-thirds of its total wine production.
The most distinctive quality of the German wines is the high level of acidity. This allows for excellent fortified wines to be produced in the area.
There are also varieties of sweet, rose, sparkling, white, and red that you must try during your visit.
Known for the Port Wine, Portugal is the tenth largest wine producer in the world.
The area has a long history as a wine producer but can credit the Romans for establishing the industry. Portugal started exporting wine to the Roman Empire!
Portugal has two wine-producing regions that are protected by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites: the Douro Valley Wine Region and Pico Island Wine Region.
Port Wine is produced in the Douro Valley region. There are several varieties of Port wine, but some of the most popular are the Tawny, White, Ruby, and Late Bottled Vintage (L.B.V.).
Also, the appellation system of the Douro region was created almost 200 years before France to protect its superior wines.
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