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California is nearly three-quarters the size of France and accounts for nearly 90 percent of American wine production. Vines were first introduced to the state of California in the 18th century by the Spanish, who planted vineyards with each mission they established.
Today there are more than 1,200 wineries in the state, ranging from small boutique wineries to large corporations with distribution across the globe.
For an ambitious itinerary, you mustn’t miss the rich tasting and guided tours in the famous wineries in Napa and Sonoma Valley.
Chile Wine production here finds its strengths in Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère Maipo, in Chardonnay, Sauvignon and Pinot Noir Casablanca. The Chilean vineyards stretch for 480 km along the Great Central Valley: this land offers a complex terrain for wine cultivation, ranging from the Pacific coast to the 6,000m altitude of the Cordillera of the Andes. Through this particular aspect of Chile’s conformation has evolved the quality and longevity of wine variety.
Argentina The reasons of the success of Argentina’s wine is quite simple : the exceptional quality of the soil that extends from north to south throughout the Andean region. This, plus the range of the climate creates a paradise for the production of great wines. Add the local know-how in combination with new technologies, and the growing interest of the Argentines for their wines, and it’s clear why many now consider wine to be as much a part of the national identity as the famous beef.
A jump to the origins of wine, in Europe.
Spain Located on the Iberian peninsula, Spain has over 2.9 million acres (over 1.17 million hectares) planted – making it the most widely planted wine producing nation – though it is the third largest producer of wine in the world, the largest being France followed by Italy. The country has an abundance of native grape varieties, with over 400 varieties planted throughout Spain – though 80 percent of the country’s wine production is from only 20 grapes. Major Spanish wine regions include the Rioja and Ribera del Duero; Valdepeñas; Jerez, the home of the fortified wine Sherry; Rías Baixas in the northwest region of Galicia.
Italy is home of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world and Italian wines are known worldwide for their broad variety. Italy shares with France the title of largest wine producer in the world, its contribution (about 45-50 million hl per year) representing about 1/3 of world production. Italian wine is exported around the world and is also extremely popular in Italy: Italians rank fifth on the world wine consumption list by volume with 42 litres per capita consumption. Grapes are grown in almost every region of the country and there are more than one million vineyards under cultivation.
France – French wine is produced all throughout France, in quantities between 50 and 60 million hectolitres per year, or 7–8 billion bottles. France is the largest wine producer in the world. French wine traces its history to the 6th century BC, with many of France’s regions dating their wine-making history to Roman times. The wines produced range from expensive high-end wines sold internationally to more modest wines usually only seen within France.
France is the source of many grape varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah)
South Africa The next stop is Cape Town , the gateway to the main land of South African wine. In this magical location vineyards occupy more than 100 acres, with over 300 wineries. South African wine has a historydatingback to 1659. At one time Constantia, a vineyard near Cape Town was considered one of the greatest wines in the world. Production is concentrated around Cape Town, with major vineyard and production centres at Paarl, Stellenbosh and Worcester.
In Australia there are more than 60 wine regions, producing award-winning wines and world famous crus. The Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, South Australia produce shiraz, while Margaret River in Western Australia is famous for the production of Sauvignon blanc. Join one of the events at the wineries in the Hunter Valley, near Sydney, or taste the Chardonnay, Pinot noir and sparkling wines in the Yarra Valley near Melbourne.
New Zealand – In the heart of New Zealand, west of Wellington, Marlborough is the largest wine region in the state, synonymous with Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.