Top 10 Wine Producing Countries in the World

While wine tours are fun, but they are also educational experiences as you will be able to gather knowledge on exactly what it takes to preserve the taste year after year. The processes begin right from the vineyards and stretch onto what type of barrels the wines are kept in. During wine tours, you will be invited to perhaps sample a few grapes straight from the vine. Most vineyards will invite you in to also check out the production area. Also ultimately there will be wine tasting as well.

So let’s check out the top wine regions of the world where you will be able to enjoy big or small group wine tours.

France

With major wines like Grenache, Merlot, Chardonnay, Carignan, Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Gamay, Cabernet Franc and more, France gets the top contending spot. But France is also lowering production every year.

Italy

Only second to France, Italy produces wines like Merlot, Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, Trebbiano Toscano, Montepulciano, Prosecco and more. But like France, they have also started decreasing production.

Spain

Home to the largest vineyard in the world, Spain produces marvellous riches like the Monastrell, Garnacha, Tempranillo, Airén and Bobal wines. In spite of having the largest vineyard, it has much lower wine yields than Italy and France

United States

The USA or specifically its California region is responsible for producing almost 90% of the wine in the country. It produces delicacies like the Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Noir

Argentina

Contrary to the top two, Argentina is growing its wine production steadily as it relies on wine exports as well. It produces gems like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Malbec, and Bonarda.

Australia

Australia, like Argentina, also relies on the wine export market primarily. Australia is also expanding their business to other business locations outside of the country. It produces the Chardonnay and Shiraz notably.

Germany

Germany is known for its football as well as for its aromatic white wines which are primarily exported to the UK and US. It produces the famous Müller-Thurgau and Riesling.

South Africa

South Africa is a land isolated somehow from the rest of Africa with its cape and cricket. But apart from being famous for those two, South Africa also churns out the largest volume of brandy in the world. It is known for its Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage and especially Chenin Blanc.

Chile

Chile is a proud producer of the red wine varieties, especially of Carmenere which is fondly known as the ‘lost varietal’ of Bordeaux. But it also produces Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Carménère for the export markets which demand traditional varieties more.

Portugal

Known for its port wine, this high alcohol content dessert hails from northern Portugal and is made by blending up several grape varieties Luke the Alvarinho, Arinto, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and more.

Around the top 3 regions have a specific taste of their own, so the next time you visit you can try out something authentic from there.