Romania has nearly 11,500 years of viticultural history. And now, it is digging into its roots, embracing modern techniques, and becoming a wine-producing heavyweight. Romania lies on the same latitude as France. But in addition to the usual French vines, they have their own heirloom grapes that bring their history vividly to life.
Brazil’s landmass makes it the 5th largest country in the world. Since most of that land is outside the wine belt (31° to 38° Latitude South), you might not expect much in the way of wine production. But Brazil’s wines will surprise and delight you.
Like Chile, Brazil’s wine production dates back to the colonial period, with Br
With exquisite wines and picturesque scenery, Portuguese Wine Regions are a lesson in merging historic and modern viticulture methods.
Wine production in the Iberian Peninsula, home to Spain and Portugal, dates back to 2000 BC. That’s when the Tartessians cultivated the first grapes in the Tagus region, near modern Lisbon. The Phoenicians b
When you ask someone about German wines, you usually get one of two responses. One waxes on about the elegant dry whites, while the other dismisses the whole country for its cheap, sweet, un-oaked whites with low ABV. So, unless you are big into white wines, especially Rieslings, you probably don’t know much about German w
Chile’s long history with wine is complicated and filled with setbacks.
Wine in Chile dates back to mid-16th century Spanish conquistadores and missionaries, who carried grapes wherever they went. These grapes, often referred to as the “common black grape,” filled the vineyards of local Jesuit priests.
Like many colonies, Chilean vintners were restricted to local
South Africa has a unique distinction. It’s one of the only wine regions in the world situated between two oceans: the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean. As a result of this ocean access, Dutch colonizers easily made their way to the fertile land. By 1650, they were planting French grapes throughout the Mediterranean-esque Western Cape. Eventually, the vineyards spread through the rest of the region.
Australia may not be the most notable wine region in the world, but it shouldn’t be discounted. As the 7th largest wine producer around the globe, Australia produces at least 1,200 million liters of wine each year. And because it produces much more than its inhabitants consume, it’s actually the 4th largest wine exporter, as well.
When most people think of wine, they think of France, Italy, Spain, or even the U.S. But one major wine-producing country often gets forgotten — Argentina. There are plenty of wine regions in this country in the Southern hemisphere. In fact, it’s the fifth-leading wine producer in the world! It has over 220,000 hectares of different wine reg
France and wine go hand in hand. At the store, at a restaurant, or at home searching for a bottle of wine? It’s highly likely that you’ll find a wine region in France on one of the labels. There are vineyards scattered throughout the country. And it’s responsible for producing up to 8 billion bottles each year.
Whether you’re a wine
The U.S.A. has been producing wine since before it became a fully-fledged, independent country. Before the original red, white, and blue flag flew proudly in the colonies, grapes were growing. Vineyards had already sprouted all over the fledgling nation.
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