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Written by Jimi Ojikutu in LIFESTYLENEWS ON POPPOP CULTURE

 

Have you savored a good glass of wine and wondered where it came from. The best wines come from specific geographical regions of the world, with the weather and type of grape produced there determining the taste and texture of the wine.

 

Wine makes in different parts of the world have vineyards that churn out the world’s best wines. Now let’s check out the top wine regions of the world. Even though more countries are beginning to produce wine, these countries are known to be the top wine regions in the world.
Let’s take a closer look at the top wine producing 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:
The top 3 wine regions in the world make enough wine to fill 5,127 olympic-sized swimming pools. That’s massive.

1 France: 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.

2 Italy: 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.
3 Spain: Spain is home to the largest vineyard acreage in the world. Despite this fact, Spain also has much lower wine yields than neighbouring France and Italy resulting in less total wine.

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.

5 Argentina: 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.

6 Australia: 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.
7 Germany: German wine is known for their aromatic white wines. German wines are exported primarily to US and UK.

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, Colombard

9 Chile: Chile is proud of the red wine variety Carmenere, known as the ‘lost varietal’ of Bordeaux. Still, export markets demand traditional varieties.

10 Portugal: Portugal is known for Port wine, a high alcohol dessert wine from northern Portugal made by blending several grape varieties.

 

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And those are the top wine producing regions in the world, Next time you travel to these regions be sure to try out their wines. Personally I love, French, Italian and South African wines, you might want to check out where the wine buy next comes from and keep sampling until you decide your own personal favourites. But if you don’t want to bother with trying out a pool of different wines, you might just want select from the world’s top wines of 2015 according to Forbes magazine:

  1. Red Wine Value of the YEAR: 2012 Aia Vecchia “Lagone” Toscana IGT:This blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc hails from the Bolgheri region of Tuscany. It’s a happy wine with abundant black cherry, dried herbs and spice over vanilla. Pop and pour this tonight and raise a glass to finding a delicious bargain. ($15)
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