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World of Wines: 10 Largest Wine Producers Around the Globe

Largest Wine Producers

Italy, Spain, and France are the three major wine producing countries. These three countries considered to be leaders when it comes to wine production according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Aside from these three major countries, FAO reported in 2013 that there are 15 countries. Let’s explore these different top regions for us to be informed why these regions became top grossing countries when it comes to wine production.

Italy

With a yearly production of 4. 80 million tons of wine, Italy is considered to be the world’s largest producer according to Food and Agricultural Production (FAO). Italy is prominent when it comes to world-class wines. One of their renowned wine is the Baricci Brunello di Montalcino, a warm and friendly wine.

Grapes, the main ingredients in making wines, grow abundantly in Italy which is one of the primary reasons why Italy is the world largest wine producer. The climate of the region is perfectly suited for grapes cultivation.

The Romans Civilization is part of Italy’s winemaking. Romans before widely practiced winery as part of their livelihood and as a part of their commercial purposes.


Spain

According to the report of FAO, Spain is the second largest wine producers around the globe with a yearly production of 4.60 million tons of wine.

Dating back to history, Spain has a rich livelihood when it comes to winemaking. The archeologists suggest that viticulture was highly present in Spain during 4000 and 3000 BC.

With 7.17 million hectares, Spain is considered to be the largest area of grapes cultivation. Emphasizing varieties of flavors, the region is renowned for its distinct and unique taste of wine. It is also a region where cleanest wine is normally produced.


France

France is the largest wine producer in the world after Italy and Spain. Its annual production is 4.30 which makes it third on the list. The wines in France are highly marketed in foreign countries. Over the years, Spain continues to produce top quality wines which are also consumed locally.


United States

The viticulture in the US started from 300 years ago. United States is one of the wine leaders in the whole globe with an annual production of around 3.3 million tons, making the US be the fourth largest winery according to the report.

With 1.1 million acres, the region is the sixth largest area of grapes cultivation. Wine is manufactured in all 50 places in the American States and 89 percent of them comes from the region of California.

While the most varieties of grapes are highly present is native American, most American wine still comes from European grapes specifically the “Vitis vinifera.”


Argentina

Argentina is the fifth largest wine producer in the entire world. Wines such as Malbec, Chardonnay, Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon are some of the best examples of wine found in Argentina. The region is greatly relying on wine exports.


Australia

Australia mainly markets its wine in Hong Kong and Asia. Chardonnay is a renowned example of wine in Australia. Yarra Valley, Hunter Valley, Margaret River, The Barossa Valley, and Coonawarra are some of the wine producing regions in Australia.


Germany

The wines in Germany are mainly exported in UK and US. The region is renowned for its varieties of white wines. The abundant grapes in Germany are due to its slightly warm weather.

Franken, Ahr, Baden, Mittelrhein, Mosel, Nahe, and Sachsen are some of the famous wine producer regions in Germany.


South Africa

Aside from that fact that South Africa is one of the largest producers, it is also a leading wine producer. South Africa has been known to produce the largest volume of Brandy. One of their famous wine is Chenin Blanc.


Chile

Chile is widely known for its Bordeaux, a kind of red wine. Currently, Chile is the 7th largest wine producer. Casablanca Valley and Valparaíso are the two places in Chile where you can enjoy the cool climate and the aroma and taste of Sauvignon Blanc. March and November are the best months to visit Chile for its mind-blowing wine.


Portugal

Portugal is renowned for its Port wine, a kind of dessert sweet red wine by blending different kind of grapes found in some parts of 
Portugal.

Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Casteláo, Alicante Bouschet, Touriga Nacional, Arinto, Alvarinho are some of the famous regions in Portugal that widely produce wine and exported it to different regions.


Takeaway

Each country mentioned above, from Italy to Portugal, focus on a distinct kind of wine. The wines that range from high to best quality exported in different places. 

The time you will explore these countries, there will always be a specific wine that suited for your wine preference. Whether it is Bordeaux from Chile or Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina, you will have your own place in the wine world.

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