Wine Producing Countries
Wine production and consumption in Argentina dates back to more than 400 years ago when the first specimens were brought to America by the Spaniards. Catholic priests settled vineyards around their monasteries to assure a supply of wine to celebrate holy mass. Today Malbec, originally from the south of France, is the queen of all grape varieties in Argentina where it has found ideal condition suited for its growth. Wines made from the Malbec grape have become the signature wines of Argentina. Argentina is the world's fifth largest wine producing country and many of their vineyards are planted above 2,000 metres creating new and exciting wines.
We currently have 13 Wines from Argentina
Australia's first vineyards were planted in 1788 in a small area near the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Nowadays you will find vineyards planted throughout more than 60 designated wine regions totalling approximately 160,000 hectares. Although Australia's vineyards are concentrated in the cooler regions, furthest from the equator, there is enough climatic variation to suit pretty much any grape variety. Current export figures place Australia as the fourth largest exporter of wine, selling to more than 100 countries around the world. Australia is a respected leader in combining tradition with new ideas and technical innovation and produces a wide variety of wine styles. In 2001 Australia introduced a new classification system which defines regional boundaries to ensure that grape varieties are concentrated in the most appropriate climatic conditions to provide the best wines. The Riverina, the Barossa and Hunter valleys, McLaren Vale and Margaret River are some of the top regions in Australia providing their most famous and celebrated wines.
We currently have 56 Wines from Australia
Small is beautiful – that is what best describes Austrian wine, when put into international perspective. There are no run of the mill wines, but rather a rare speciality. Ideal geological and climatic elements mean the vines enjoy the best conditions essential for making authentic, distinctive wines with character and personality.
We currently have 3 Wines from Austria
Nova Scotia and Quebec only produce a small amount of wine but much more significant is Ontario with over 15,000 acres of vineyards that are mainly in the Niagra peninsular. Inniskillin and Cave Spring are two of Ontario's longest established wine producers whilst Le Clos Jordanne is a relatively new venture between Vincor and Boisset of Burgundy. Although Canada can barely produce enough wine for the home market it is emerging on to the world stage for the quality and quantities of Icewine produced each year.
We currently have 0 Wines from Canada
Chile is a vitcultural paradise with a unique combination of diverse geographical areas and Mediterranean climate where organics and biodynamics are perfectly viable for eco-friendly wine growing. With nearly 500 years of winemaking history, Chile's wine industry is still fresh, young and innovative and wines are now available in more than 90 countries on 5 continents. A wide variety of grapes and wine styles are produced throughout the country from crisp Sauvignon Blanc, lush Chardonnay, zippy Riesling or fragrant Viognier to vibrant Pinot Noir, juicy Merlot, spicy Syrah, classic Cabernet Sauvignon, to their very own Carmenère.
We currently have 54 Wines from Chile
As a wine importer England has a long and illustrious history and as a producer its history is long, but little known. Wine making began with the Romans, but the vines they bought were not ideally suited to our colder climate. After the Norman conquest in 1066 winemaking flourished on a modest scale for 500 years. World War I, however, sounded the death knell for Britain’s commercial vineyards. The current revival started in the 1950's and there are now more than 500 well established vineyards produce over 250,000 cases every year.
We currently have 5 Wines from England
Everywhere in the world that wine is made, France is the standard of comparison for high quality. The unique combination of soil and climate have produced the finest grapes and parcels of land over a 2,000 year winemaking history. Their wine and grape styles are copied throughout the world and as winemakers in the New World produce better quality and more innovative varieties, France has had to raise its game to meet the new demands placed upon the industry. The intricate system of classification and appellation contrôlée is based upon geography rather than quality and in general, the more tightly specified the region, the better the wine. Bordeaux in south-west France is the world's largest fine wine region and red Bordeaux, or claret, has always dominated the international wine market.
We currently have 271 Wines from France
A relatively cool climate, probably the most marginal for growing grapes, has obliged German growers to search out the most suitable sites. The result is that many vineyards lie on south-facing slopes above rivers, thus benefiting from an equable and warmer climate. The character of German wine is most clearly seen when the Riesling grape is used producing freshness and elegance. Quality German wine is divided into two categories: Qualitätswein Bestimmter Anbaugebiete or QbA is literally a quality wine from one of thirteen specified regions. Qualitätswein Mit Prädikat or QmP means a superior quality wine affirmed by ripeness. In ascending order of ripeness the categories are Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese. Eiswein, made from grapes frozen solid on the vine during Germany's icy winters, is very sweet and very rare.
We currently have 11 Wines from Germany
Of all the Eastern European wine producing countries, Hungary has the oldest wine tradition with the most distinctive food and wine culture, the most developed native grape (Tokay, which predates even Sauternes by 200 years) and the most refined wine laws and customs.
We currently have 2 Wines from Hungary
Italy is home to some of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world and makes more wine than any other country, including France. It has more than 200 officially recognised wine zones and now exploits its myriad micro climates to produce some very exciting wines that are good enough to rival the rest of the world.
We currently have 47 Wines from Italy
Japan has around 23,000ha of vineyards cultivated by as many as 80,000 growers with small plots. These vineyards produce around 250,000 tonnes per year, although only around 8-10% of the grapes are used for winemaking. Recent changes to Japanese regulations have resulted in wineries being able to grow their own grapes and gain better control over the process.
We currently have 1 Wines from Japan
The most recognised wine produced in Lebanon is Château Musar, made from grapes grown high up in the Bekaa Valley. Serge Hochar, owner of the estate, somehow continued to produce wine through the country's 20 years of civil war. He consistently produces wine of the highest quality from his Cabernet Sauvignon blend.
We currently have 1 Wines from Lebanon
Thanks to the Spanish colonists Mexico is the oldest wine industry in the New World being founded in the 1530s when they brought vines from Europe to modern day Mexico. Although there were indigenous grapes before the Spanish conquest, the Spaniards found that Spanish grapevines also did very well in the colony of New Spain (Mexico). There are three major wine producing areas in Mexico, with the Baja California area producing 90% of Mexico's wine. This area is promoted heavily for wine tourism with the "Ruta del Vino" (Wine Route), which connects over fifty wineries with the port of Ensenada and the border and the annual Vendimia harvest festival.
We currently have 2 Wines from Mexico
New Zealand may only make a small quantity of wine compared to other countries, but its outstanding quality means that they command the highest average price per bottle of any wine producing country in the world. A long, cool growing season produces white wines of exceptional fruit intensity, classic varietal character and tingling acidity. Sauvignon Blanc has become New Zealand's signature grape, with wines winning international acclaim for over three decades. In terms of reputation Pinot Noir is now enjoying great success for much the same reason as Sauvignon Blanc and some lovely quality wine is being produced.
We currently have 26 Wines from New Zealand
Portugal is a land of contrasts being very narrow and occupying a mere seventh of the Iberian Peninsula, but few countries of its size can lay claim to as many different styles of wine. From a glass of dark, spicy port to a light, slightly sparkling Vinho Verde, no two wines are less alike. Portugal's great strength has been to concentrate on its wealth of indigenous grape varieties rather than competing with the rest of the world in, say, Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon. Portugal is renowned for producing unrivalled fortified wine, or port, and Touriga Nacional is the most important red grape. It is the prime constituent of vintage Port as well as producing excellent table wines.
We currently have 27 Wines from Portugal
Romania has one of the oldest wine making traditions in the world, its viticulture dating back more than 6000 years. Due to the hot dry summers, the location proved to be successful and the grape vineyards thrived. Since the medieval times, wine has been the traditional alcoholic beverage of the Romanians. In 2009, Romania was ranked the eleventh largest wine producing country in the world.
We currently have 4 Wines from Romania
South Africa is considered a New World wine country, however, its wine making dates back to the 1650s with the arrival of the Dutch and later the French Huguenots. The Cape winelands, situated at the southernmost tip of Africa, enjoy a Mediterranean climate with cool wet winters and warm dry summers that suit a mainstream of European grape varieties. Considerable new capital has been invested in the Cape's wine industry so that today it consistently produces ever improving quality. Pinotage, a blend of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut, is the recognised grape of South Africa while white grape production is dominated by Chenin Blanc, or Steen.
We currently have 31 Wines from South Africa
Spain's wine history dates back over 7,000 years and they have more vineyards planted than any other European country. They are currently the third largest wine producer, yields are low partly due to the hot and arid climate. Spain produces a wide range of wines from fortified sherry to excellent sparklers and very fine reds and whites to everyday table wines. The best quality areas are in the more northerly parts of Spain; Rioja Alta and Alvesa, Ribera del Duero and Penedes. Here the sun exposure is good but the nights are cooler. Rioja is still claims supremacy in the red wines, although exciting wines are now being produced in areas such as Ribera del Duero, La Mancha and Jumilla at a more affordable price.
We currently have 47 Wines from Spain
Traditionally when sourcing wines Thailand has not featured high on the list of countries to look at, however, with a new approach by local winemaking industries and borrowed technologies from France and Australia Thai wines have found new prominence in the market. The most popular grape variety planted is the Shiraz/Syrah closely followed by Chenin Blanc. The most conscientious producers harvest only once every 12 months but due to climatic conditions it is possible to pick 5 crops in 2 years.
We currently have 7 Wines from Thailand
American wine has been produced for over 300 years, although the modern wine history of the USA dates from the ending of Prohibition in 1933. It was not until the late 1960s that wine production began to spread rapidly and wine areas and growers multiplied. Today the USA is the World's most important wine producer and consumer outside of Europe. 95% of the wine is produced in California.
We currently have 22 Wines from USA
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