Each year we discover more countries producing wine. For instance, did you know there are vineyards in the Gobi Desert?
There’s no doubt that up-and-coming wine regions are intriguing, but which are the top wine producing countries in the world?
Ready to have your mind blown? Just 10 countries are producing 80% of the wine on the planet. Your mind is blown. Let’s take a closer look at the top wine-producing regions of the world.
Top Wine Regions of The World
The top 4 major wine regions of the world are France, Italy, U.S.A., and Spain. They produce just over half of all the wine in the world.
The top 4 wine countries make enough wine to fill 5,771 Olympic-sized swimming pools!
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Italy has beaten France since the last check-in on production, but both countries have experienced major shifts in their production over the past decade. Between 2011 and 2015, Italy ramped production up nearly 40%, reviving their wine industry that had been flagging for the previous decade.
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 at least 11% since 2007.
3 United States
90% of wine from the United States is from California. California is home to the world’s largest wine producer, Gallo, in Modesto, CA.
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.
Australia relies primarily on the wine export market. Since the US dollar has weakened, Australia is expanding its wine marketing in Hong Kong and Asia.
Argentina continues to grow its wine production year after year resulting in a massive growth rate, but relies on wine exports.
Wine culture is relatively new in China but in a short period of time its grown to be the 5th largest wine consumer in the world.
8 South Africa
South Africa has long been known for its Chenin Blanc and produces the largest volume of Brandy in the world.
Chile is proud of the red wine variety Carmenere, known as the ‘lost varietal’ of Bordeaux. Still, export markets demand traditional varieties.
German wine is known for its aromatic white wines. German wines are exported primarily to the US and UK.
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 in the world. Meaning Spain produces both the most value Tempranillo as well as the best Tempranillo in the world.
The next time you buy wine from these top regions focus on what their exceptional wines are. You are more likely to find something you’ll enjoy.
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