Drinking wine is one of the biggest pleasures in life, and although not everyone is a wine lover, wine has been considered a very important beverage for thousands of years, not only because of the great variety of possible tastes, colors and textures wine can offer, but because of the experience that it represents. Tasting wine is like tasting the result of a beautiful process that is full of details, theory, history and passion. A lot of passion. Just like there are regions in the world where you can find the best food and recipes in the world, there are also regions in the world where the best wine is made. Most vineyards are family heritages that have been growing from generation to generation, so the names of the wines have a certain kind of ancient magic that every bottle of wine carries. Wine types are like types of music. There is one for every taste, for every occasion and for every selection of food that you want to combine it with. Every type of wine has its own personality, and part of why they are all so different is their origin. Many countries in the world are famous wine producers. Here is a list of the top 10 countries and their most famous regions where the best wines can be tasted and enjoyed, if you are lucky to visit them someday. These 10 countries are the ones that produce the 80% of the wine on the planet. For example the 3 major wine producers are Italy, Spain and France and these three are responsible for almost half of the world production. Here they are.
France competes with Italy for the first place in terms of quantity, even though they have both reduced their production in the past 10 years. France´s major grapes are Merlot and Grenache.
The Bordeaux region in France is known for its excellent wine and for being the home to Vinexpo, one of the most important wine fair in the world. About 11% of the wine produced here is white.
Italian wines are as good as French wines. Some say they may be second, but the truth is that Italians are the owners of one of the oldest wine cultures in the world.
Italy’s major grapes are Sangiovese and Trebbiano.
Tuscany is Italy’s favorite, for many marvelous things. One of them is wine. Tuscany gathers the fantastic combination between summer, landscapes and vineyards everyone should be able to visit someday.
Spain has the world’s largest vineyard acreage, and still, they have also reduced their wine production. Spain’s major grapes are Tempranillo and Airen.
La Rioja is the classic wine producing region in Spain. The Cantabrian Mountains are responsible for giving this place the perfect weather for grapes to grow properly.
Most of the wine produced in the United States comes from California, when the largest wine producer in the World is located.
The major grapes in United States are Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Napa Valley, located in northern California is the most famous wine region in the Unites States. It is known not only for the exquisite wines, but also for the beautiful landscapes.
Australia’s wine production also relies on the export market and it recently expanding their exports in Asia, especially Hong Kong.
Australia’s major grapes are Shiraz and Chardonnay.
McLaren Vale is a wine region that focuses on quality instead of quantity. Many wineries here are family-run and despite this fact, Australia is the fourth largest wine exporter in the world.
Argentina’s wine production has the highest growth rate in the world (8%). Most of the wine produced in Argentina is exported.
Argentina’s major grapes are Malbec and Chardonnay.
Mendoza is one of Argentina’s finest places, if not the best, to taste the most delicious wine.
The most famous wine in Portugal is the northern Portugal Port wine, which is very high in alcohol. This wine is a blending of different wine varieties and is highly demanded.
Portugal’s major grapes are the Port and the Alvarinho.
The Douro Valley in Portugal has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its beauty. It is also known for the fine hotels and restaurants that it has to offer its visitors.
White wines are the ones that make Germany stand out in this market. Germany’s wine exports are mainly for the US and UK.
Germany´s major grapes are Riesling and Müller-Thurgau.
Mosel-Saar-Ruwer is the place where Germany’s major grapes grow, with great acidity that characterize German wines.
South Africa is famous for the Chenin Blanc and because of its large production of Brandy.
South Africa´s major grapes are Shiraz and Chardonnay.
The Stellenbosch region is also known as the Cape Winelands and it is famous for being the wine production and study center in this country.
Chile has traditional and not so traditional varieties such as Carmenere, also known as the lost varietal of Bordeaux. Their most demanded varieties in the export market are the traditional.
Chile’s major grapes are Cabernet and Chardonnay.
Maipo Valley is known for the Cabernet exports, making Chile the fifth most important wine exporter in the world.