Wine production depends on the quality of grapes, which is why the highest-ranking wine regions of the world are those whose climate and soil are best suited for wine growing. While wine is produced on all continents, save Antarctica, about 80% of the wine produced every year comes from ten countries only. If you’re wondering which countries they are, pour yourself a glass and keep reading.
This beautiful country is the biggest wine producer in the whole world, which is no surprise, since there are twenty wine regions spread across “the boot” all the way to Sicily.
Regions such as Tuscany, Lombardy, Veneto, Sardinia and Umbria are not only world-renowned tourist attractions, they’re also home to many premium wines.
Although it holds the third place in global wine production, Spain is the country that prides itself on the world’s biggest acreage of vineyards – more than one million acres of grape-growing land. Spanish wines have gained significant popularity during the last decade, which could be due to their high quality and sensible prices.
The United States are considered the fourth largest wine producers, but this success can be assigned to only one state. California produces about 90% of all American wines, even though it’s produced in all of America’s 50 states. The regions of Sonoma and Napa are synonyms for superior wines, but also great tourist destinations for wine lovers.
With the country’s ten notable wine regions, each with its own signature wine, you can indulge yourself in various red and white wines and find whichever kind you prefer.
This includes champagne, created in and named after the Champagne region. From Bordeaux to Alsace, through Provence and Burgundy, if you appreciate good wine, France is the place for you.
There are some amazing wines Down Under, and although Australia exports nearly 60% of all its wine, you can still find some amazing bottles if you visit this incredible country. Whether you choose an alluring winery in Melbourne, Adelaide or any other part of the country, you will be charmed by the lovely vineyards and exquisite wines to taste and enjoy.
The sixth place on this list goes to this wonderful South American country, with the most noteworthy region being Mendoza, in the piedmont of the Andes. Mendoza offers wines produced in both high and low altitudes, which only contributes to their distinct flavors and texture. Argentina’s wine production rates are on the rise, as well as wine export rates the country relies on.
This Asian country closely follows Spain in terms of the acreage of vineyards. However, its domestic wine production rates keep dropping as the wine import rates are increasing. About 40% of China’s wine is produced in the Yantai-Penglai region, but it’s the Ningxia region that produces the most internationally-recognized wines.
When it comes to wine making, South Africa is divided into four categories, under the Wine of Origin program. First there are geographical units, then regions, districts and finally wards.
The most eminent districts include Stellenbosch, Constantia, Paarl and Overberg, most of which are famous for Chenin Blanc. So, if you haven’t tried any African wine yet, or haven’t visited any of their countries, why wait?
Another South American country on this list, Chile, produces some exquisite Carmenére, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and other wine varieties. From Atacama region in the north, to Bio-Bio in the south, there is an 800-mile stretch of wine regions between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean. This, combined with Chile’s rich culture and mouth-watering cuisine, makes it a country worth visiting.
The tenth country we mention, and the fourth from Europe, Germany offers many varieties of white, rose, red and even sparkling wines, but it is most famous for white wines, the most notable being Riesling. Its thirteen wine regions include Baden, Saxony, Palatinate and Franconia, all of which are pleasant and interesting places to visit and do some serious wine tasting.
Next time you go wine-shopping, try adding some diversity to what you usually drink by buying wines from one of these countries. You won’t regret it!