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The 9 Styles of Wine
Sparkling Wine (champagnes and prosecco)
Light-Bodied White Wine ( f.e. pinot gris)
Full-Bodied White Wine (f.e. chardonnay)
Aromatic (sweet) White Wine (f.e. riesling)
Light-Bodied Red Wine (f.e. pinot noir)
Medium-Bodied Red Wine (f.e. grenache)
Full-Bodied Red Wine (f.e. syrah)
Dessert Wine (f.e. sauternais or port)
Top Wine Regions of The World
Each year more countries producing wine. For instance, did you know there are vineyards in the Gobi Desert? It’s no doubt that up-and-coming wine regions are intriguing, but there are just 10 countries producing 80% of the wine on the planet. Let’s take a closer look at the top wine producing regions of the world.
Top Wine Regions of The World
The top 3 major wine regions of the world are France, Italy and Spain. They produce almost half of all the wine produced in the world. To help you wrap your brain around the sheer volume of wine they make:
That’s a lot of wine… olympic pool in Bejing.
The top 3 wine regions in the world make enough wine
to fill 5,127 olympic-sized swimming pools.
While France and Italy compete for the top wine production region of the world they are also reducing wine production every year. France has lowered production by 11% since 2007.
Italy may be second to France, but there is a growing trend in both countries to remove vineyards. Italy has reduced their production by at least 7% since 2007.
Spain is home to the largest vineyard acreage in the world. Despite this fact, Spain also has much lower wine yields than neighboring France and Italy resulting in less total wine.
Major Grapes: Tempranillo, Airén, Garnacha, Monastrell, Bobal
4 United States
90% of wine from the United States is from California. California is home to the world’s largest wine producer, Gallo, in Modesto, CA.
Major Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc
Argentina continues to grow their wine production year after year resulting in the highest growth rate (8%) of the top 5 wine producers in the world. Argentina relies on wine exports.
Major Grapes: Malbec, Bonarda, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon
Australia relies primarily on the wine export market. Since the US dollar has weakened, Australia is expanding their wine marketing in Hong Kong and Asia.
Major Grapes: Shiraz (Syrah), Chardonnay
German wine is known for their aromatic white wines. German wines are exported primarily to US and UK.
Major Grapes: Riesling, Müller-Thurgau
8 South Africa
South Africa has long been known for its Chenin Blanc and produces the largest volume of Brandy in the world.
Major Grapes: Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Chardonnay
Chile is proud of the red wine variety Carmenere, known as the ‘lost varietal’ of Bordeaux. Still, export markets demand traditional varieties.
Major Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Carménère, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc
Portugal is known for Port wine, a high alcohol dessert wine from northern Portugal made by blending several grape varieties.
Major Grapes: Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Touriga Franca, Castelão, Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouschet, Alvarinho, Arinto
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Top 10 Most Expensive Red Wines In The World: Vintage for Sale and Rarest Collections
1. Screaming Eagle Cabernet 1992: $500,000
2. Chateau Margaux 1787: $225,000
3. Chateau Lafite 1787: $156,450
4. Penfolds Grange Hermitage 1951: $38,420
5. Cheval Blanc 1947 St-Emilion (Bordeaux,France): $35,125
6. Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Romanee-Conti Grand Cru 1990 (Burgundy, France): $21,216
7. Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru 2012 (Cote de Nuits, France): $14,436
8. Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier Musigny Grand Cru 1990 (Cote de Nuits, France): $11,720
9. Domaine Leroy Chambertin Grand Cru 1990 (Cote de Nuits, France): $7,447
10. Domaine Leroy Richebourg Grand Cru 1949 (Cote de Nuits, France): $5,921