Australia is renowned for producing a great drop, but how well do you know your global wines?
Let us take you on a whirlwind tour of the five top wine-producing regions of the world – France, Italy, Spain, United States and Argentina.
First up is France, a country synonymous with culture, fine food and wine.
France and wine go together like, well, breathing. With over 200 local wine varietals, getting your head around their wines can be a daunting experience – especially when you learn that they have 307 official wine label names. This is actually confusing as they don’t put the name of the grape on their wines, but rather have a controlled place name, Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée or AOC/AOP.
Famous French varietals and regions:
Italy has well over 500+ wines, and 377 unique indigenous wine grapes – with a similar place in their culture to neighbour France. It also has a similar wine quality denomination system based on regions called DOP (Denominazioni di Origine Protetta).
Famous Italian varietals and regions:
Did you know wine is produced in every state of the United States, but California is the big daddy, producing more than all the other states put together. There, Chardonnay is the top varietal, followed closely by Cab Sav.
Famous USA varietals and regions:
Argentina is the world’s 5th largest producer of wine, with world class Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon produced in the country.
Famous Argentina varietals and regions:
Last but not least: Spain!
Did you know that Spain is the third largest producer of wines globally, after Italy and France? They have 77 indigenous grape varieties grown in 69 unique wine regions, so we are only going to list some of the more common varietals you may see on the shelf.
Famous Spanish varietals and regions:
We are also excited to launch our very own Spanish varietals – the first in our Expedition Series – a Tempranillo Cabernet Sauvignon, a Verdejo Sauvignon Blanc, and a Spanish style Sparkling Cuvee. All are available exclusively online at shopedenvale.com.au
And while we have a Spanish theme going, let’s learn a little more about their wines – with these fun facts!
Hope this has been useful and you now feel confident to have a go at buying or sampling a drop from these top wine-producing regions.
Looking for a non-alcoholic wine for your Christmas work function or summer event? All our varietals are available online. Or check availability at your local stockist. Selected products are available in the beverage aisle at these retailers: