You are probably reading this article with a glass of wine in your hand if you are a true wine-lover that is.
Even though the primary fixings are the same – grapes – all around the globe, there are many wine assortments that normally contain 5 – 15.5 percent of liquor by volume and come in three principal hues: red, white and rose.
The first wine can be traced back to more than 8,000 years ago when ancient wine jars were discovered in Iran and Georgia. The first winery was found in Armenia; estimated to be 6,000 years old.
Red, white or rose?
It could either be the casual white, semi-formal rose, or the ethereal red, every individual has his own drinking preferences. However, whether you are an occasional drinker, or deem yourself a wine aficionado, you just cannot refuse a good glass of wine.
If you’re considering a decent tour and travel package for the summer, take a look at the 7 best wine countries in the world and treat yourself to an exquisite, utterly memorable wine experience abroad.
When it comes to discussing the world’s finest wine, French winery is often regarded as one of the best. There are, in total, ten major wine regions across the country, each specializing in their own signature brew. While red wine lovers can indulge in the quaint region of Beaujolais, the white wine fans enjoy Alsace in the East. Bordeaux is particularly skillful at making both dry, sweet white and red wines, delighting individuals who are fans of both.
- The Bordeaux vineyard. This vineyard is situated around the port city of Bordeaux, along with the rivers of Gironde and Dordogne, covering an area of 100 km both North-south and east-west. Unlike other French wine-growing areas, the Bordeaux deals with the classifications of many of its top wines, mainly from the Saint Emilion and Medoc vineyards. The best estates in these areas have the right to sell wines designated as ‘grand cru’.
- The southwest. Towards the south of Bordeaux, there are a few less well-known wine growing areas that produce wine at reasonable prices. These include Gaillac, Marcillac or Vin de Pays du Lot. The latter is quite an extensive land and is best known for its reds. The Cahors, on the other hand, produces some of the richest and darkest red wines in France, principally using the Malbec grape variety, which is also known as the ‘purple’ wine at times.
Home to the sparkling wine of the same name, the most celebrated region of Champagne, is the coldest of France’s major districts. Although the country’s other regions produce aerated wines, the traditional sparkly champagne is made exclusively in Champagne.
Even though Spain couldn’t get too far on the list, the country is the third biggest wine producer in the world, making 3,217,000 tons of wine a year. While insisting on a traditional production, Spaniards ignored the major developments in the wine industry.
- Ribera Del Duero. Half way between Santander and Madrid, this particular region near Burgos is one of the fastest developing wine district in the country and the main beneficiary of big investments in the past few years. Amongst the most noteworthy individual vineyards is: Bodegas Señorío de Nava. This is one of the region’s best examples of once a sleepy and now booming vintner. Merlot and cabernet sauvignon grapes are cultivated while some of the wines bottled here are distributed under the brand name Vega Cubillas.
Being the 9th largest consumer of wine, people didn’t stop from drinking heavily on occasions. Some of the best Spanish wines are Marqués de Murrieta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial and Valdemar Inspiración Valdemar Maturana Tinta.
Recently, Argentina has managed to establish a good reputation and strong international presence, becoming the fifth largest wine producing country in the world. The exotic region of Mendoza is the largest wine district in the country, nestled in the foothills of the scenic, breathtaking Andes. Mendoza, due to its distinctive geographic properties, tends to make wine at both lower and high leveled vineyards, creating unique flavors and consistencies.
- Bodegas Callia. This Mendoza region dominates Argentina’s wine scene, so it becomes quite refreshing to see genuine competitors from elsewhere such as the San Juan province. The region aims to produce the best Shiraz in Argentina since the grape adapts well to the drier, desert-like climate of Mendoza’s northern neighbor. The winery will no doubt continue to prosper since it is in good hands – owned by the same Dutch investors as Bodegas Salentein.
Chile is a country with a long tradition of wine making. This may come as a surprise to an occasional wine drinker, but the region is currently the 5th largest producer of wine in the world, producing 1,832,000 tons per year. It was in the 16th century when the conquistadors brought wine-making culture to the country. Some of the best wines from Chile are Kingston Family Vineyards Tobiano Pinot Noir and Viña Santa Ema Amplus One.
- Valle Del Elqui. This valley is one of the 14 principal valley regions outlined on the map, traditionally known as the Pisco producing zone. Pisco is Chile’s non-wine liquor. It is made from grapes and is normally available in a clear consistency. However, unlike brandy, the taste is usually less sweet. The region’s soil is highly permeable with small amounts of rainfall, while the sunshine is plentiful all year round. Carmen and Syrah have been produced well in this valley. Some of the vineyards you can visit in this region include Falernia and Cavas del Valle.
Compared to other regions, Portugal has the smallest production amongst the countries that make the best wine in the world, with 630,800 tons being produced annually. Since their wine list is extremely appreciated amongst veteran wine consumers, the country opted for quality instead of quantity. Some wine spectators, in 2015, chose some of their wines as best ones such as Dow’s Vintage Port, Chryseia Douro, and Quinta do Vale Meão
- The Douro Valley. One of Portugal’s famous wine regions, it’s synonymous with one of the finest wines in the world – port wine. UNESCO in 2001 named the Alto Douro region a World Heritage Site since this area has been limited to wine production for about two millenniums. Even today, the grapes are still harvested in the Douro region, specializing in dark reds and complex dry whites. The main grapes in this area include Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Tinta Barroca.
Mentioned ahead is a small list of wine estates in the Douro, where you can spend the night or week.
- Quinta de la Rosa. This is a small family-owned area located on the banks of Douro, offering a great tour of the region and wine tasting experience.
- Quinta do Seixo. The area is a century old quinoa with 99 hectares of modern winery. They offer wine tasting, a wonderful guided tour with no appointments necessary ahead of time.
- Quinta do Portal. The ‘Portal’ cellar is a must visit the Douro region, having a large wine-making facility.
Sitting 40km east of Cape Town, Stellenbosch is probably the most famous wine-producing region in South Africa. With cabernet sauvignon being the area’s most widely planted grape, the dramatic mountain range that surrounds the district is suitable for rainfall and a diversity of terroirs. The town itself is a university borough, filled with historic Dutch buildings, cafes and art galleries that are worth exploring.
- De Morgenzon. The acclaimed wine estate of Morgenzon is a fine introduction for South African white wines. The farm was purchased by owners Wendy Appelbaum and Hylton back in 2004, continuing to raise the quality bar for their wines across the board. The high altitude mountain vineyards contain Shiraz, Chardonnay and other varieties, however, the De Morgenzon Chenin continues to be in the limelight.
Hylton has taken an effective yet unusual approach of playing baroque music to select the plots of wines in his yards, which he says have ‘rewarded’ him with the best quality fruit. The farm also welcomes visitors and has recently invested in beautiful tasting rooms.
The majority of Australia is covered in wastelands, yet surprisingly, the country is able to produce a respectable 1,231,000 tons of wine every year. Australians or ‘aussies’ are not so much into wine-drinking, therefore, the region tends to export more than 50 percent of the wines they produce, making them the fourth largest exporter in the world. Leeuwin and Mollydooker are some of the primary ones from Australia.
- The Lane vineyard. The place offers lots of distinctive wine experiences. You can enjoy a hilltop table in the middle of the yard or do a barrel masterclass to learn the impact of oak on wine. What’s more, you can blend your own wine while taking a scenic helicopter tour to see the rolling Adelaide Hills from above. The local produce at The Lane allows rambling views taking center stage.
Finding value and quantity
When it comes to the most popular types of wine, scavenging for the right value, quality and quantity is essential. Take a closer look at the regions like Spain, Chile, and Argentina. Spain, for example, produces the highest volume of Tempranillo in the world. This naturally means that the country produces one of the best and well-liked Tempranillo globally.
Before buying wine from any of these top 7 world-regions, make sure to shift your focus on what their exceptional beverages are. You are most likely to discover a drink to your supreme liking.