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Wine Around The World

Here you will find a brief primer on wine regions from across the world. You will find information on the winemaking techniques used, the grapes planted and the history behind in these regions. Whilst it is nearly impossible to have a truly in-depth grasp of wine production on a global scale, it is nevertheless possible to be comfortable with the basics – in doing so you will find it easier to identify areas which produce wines amenable to your palate. We hope that the information provided is useful for you, and serves as a springboard from which you can plunge into the big world of wine!

Argentina

Argentina
Given the success of Chilean exports it is easy to see why the inward looking Argentine winemakers began to reconsider their position. Until fairly recently the bulk of Argentine wine was consumed locally and overall it was not considered fit for export...
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Australia

Australia
Given that Australian wines are now the most popular in the UK, it is sobering to think that Australia’s influence on the international wine market was only really felt two decades ago. Whilst producers in France fume as they lose sales to this...
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Austria

Austria
Austria is a region that is often overlooked – this is perhaps unsurprising. It possesses a thirsty home market, and those bottles that do escape across the border are usually snapped up by neighbouring Germany. As a result very few of these wines...
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Chile

Chile
Chile boasts an extremely versatile climate. It ranges from the icy, Antarctic reaches in the south and the sweltering, arid and rocky regions to the north. Naturally, these two polar opposites are less than ideal for vine cultivation. Thankfully there...
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France

All Regions
France is the largest wine producing country in the world, and its vast swathe of local grape varieties have taken on truly international status. Click on the links below to take an in-depth look at France’s many wine producing regions.
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Germany

Germany
International views on German wine can be broadly placed into two major schools. One views Germany as the source of bulk, semi-sweet wine that is unpleasant and tacky. The other associates the country with some of the world’s most aromatically pure...
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Israel

Israel
Viticulture has existed in Israel since around 600-500 BC, as mentioned in the book of Deuteronomy where the fruit of the vine is listed as one of the seven blessed species of fruit found in the land of Israel. The Roman aristocracy clamoured after...
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Italy

All regions
Italy vies with France for the top slot in terms of wine production and boasts an even more ancient viticultural heritage. In fact, the Romans, with their monopoly on wine production, strictly forbade the selling of vines to the Gallic tribes.
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New Zealand

New Zealand
New Zealand is known for its uniquely expressive Sauvignon Blancs, but also gives rise to superb Riesling and Chardonnay. Reds have, as a rule of thumb, been somewhat lacklustre – however, Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots have scaled up in quality...
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Portugal

Portugal
Portuguese wine kicked off under the guidance of various ancient civilisations, including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks and Romans. Following the Moorish invasion of Spain and Portugal, wine production was stamped out as alcohol is strictly...
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South Africa

South Africa
South Africa: South African has a long history dating back to 1659, and at one time Constantia dessert wine was favoured by aristocrats, emperors and kings – including Napoleon during his exile on St. Helena. Production is concentrated around Cape...
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Spain

All regions
No other nation has more land dedicated to viticulture than Spain. Viticulture in the Iberian Peninsula began around 4000 to 3000 BCE, and continued under the aegis of the Phoenicians and Romans.
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United States

California
California has become steadily more renowned for reds that are full-bodied, muscular and vibrant. The whites aren’t fond of taking prisoners either – these are oaky, powerful wines produced from very ripe fruit. Red varieties include Merlot...
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