WORLD’S BEST WINE REGIONS FROM SPAIN TO SOUTH AFRICA
Red, white or rosé? With increasing diversification, wine is enjoyed by enthusiasts around the world. Vineyards are emerging in new and surprising places to meet this ever-growing demand. The graph below illustrates the increasing number of wine regions in less conventional locations.
Each year we discover 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 fascinating, 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.
The top 3 major wine regions of the world are France, Italy and Spain. They produce approximately half of all the wine produced in the world. To help you wrap your intellect 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.
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.
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.
Major Grapes Sangiovese, Trebbiano
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
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
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, Chardonnay
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, Chardonnay
German wine is known for their aromatic white wines. German wines are exported primarily to US and UK.
Major Grapes Riesling, Müller-Thurgau
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
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, Chardonnay
Portugal is known for Port wine, a high alcohol dessert wine from northern Portugal made by blending several grape varieties.
Major Grapes Port grapes, Alvarinho
How Knowing the World’s Top Wine Regions Helps You
It’s useful to know what the most popular types of wine are in each of the top producing countries for two reasons: value and quality.
Finding Value & Finding Quality
Take a closer look at the regions above including Germany, Italy, Australia and Argentina. Each of these countries focus on a distinct wine variety. For instance, Spain produces the highest volume of Tempranillo (Tempranillo is a black grape variety widely grown to make full-bodied red wines in its native Spain.) in the world. This means that Spain produces both the most value Tempranillo as well as the best Tempranillo in the world. Tempranillo is an easy to find and wildly diverse food-pairing wine that also happens to have great a great flavor profile for its value.