Classy, tasty and coming in a wide variety of types, wine has been around for years now, making it one of the oldest (if not the oldest) of alcoholic beverages. Other than based on the way it’s made, wine varies in terms of where it’s made – each particular breed gives a tad different taste, which, when other factors are added up to this equation, gives every single brand a taste of its own. In accordance with where it’s made, we’ve decided to give you a list of some of the top wine regions in the world, for your convenience – to become a true wine lover, you need to learn to taste the variety first.
Top Wine Regions in the World
When it comes to U.S. wine, California is by far the most popular. The central coast of this famous state is lined with quality vineyards, such as Foxen, Sanford and Longoria. Pinot Noirs with strawberry-scented fresh taste and Chardonnays are the name of the game when it comes to this region and the most popular are Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache wines. We recommend that you taste Longoria Fe Ciega Vineyard Pinot Noir – the true gem of the Central Coast.
Ribera Del Duero, Spain
Set in Spain’s northern plateaus, the rock-lined Duero River’s coast is home to vines of topmost quality. These vines gives the most expensive wine in the world, called Vega Sicilia. The popular Tempranilo grape is a valid addition to the ability to grow the famous Cabernet Sauvignon. Our recommendation would be to definitely taste 2004 Pago de los Capellanes Finca Picon here.
Let’s face it, the first thing when comes to mind when wine regions are mentioned is France, at least such is the case for most people. Wines made in the Bordeaux region of France have set some high standards, when it comes to tasting. When it comes to this region, Merlot is the name of the game and its texture is more than noticeable in wines such as Pétrus and Chateau Ausone. We recommend that you try the 2000 Chateau Kirwan Margaux.
It would be borderline blasphemous not to squeeze in one more French region in an article about wine and, of course, this region is the famous Champagne (the very name says it all). We’ll let the reputation of this region speak for itself and leave you with a recommendation to check out the 1997 Salon.
Yet another region that’s world-renowned for their wines is the region of Tuscany in Italy. Chianti Classico, Brunello and Carmignano are among the most famous in the area. Hard work, dedication and the famous Italian Passion are terms that best describe the grassy plains and moderate mountain slopes of this region in Italy. If your path ever leads you to or through Tuscany, make sure you don’t miss out on the 1999 Tignanello.
Barossa Valley, Australia
It might sound a bit strange, but Australia is actually the fastest growing country, when it comes to the world of wine. Many bottle shops up and around the continent are more than enough to bear witness to the wine popularity in Australia. Aussie wines excel in terms of the amount of flavor that you can compress into a single bottle. Even though Australian wines are generally somewhat sugary and packed with quite an intese fruitiness, it can easily be said that their wines are actually balanced quite well. Barossa Valley in South Australia has the 2007 Sandish Wine Company Shiraz Borne Bollene Single Bineyard to brag about, which we greatly recommend.
Although beer might be the first thing that comes to mind when the words “German” and “beer” are mentioned in the same sentence, people of the Mosel River region in Germany are proud to present some quality wine; in fact, their wine is often described as one of the most complex wines out there. The rich taste of this region’s wine is owed to the fact that the steep slopes face southward, and thus are able to gather as much sun as possible, allowing the Riesling grapes to gather a deep minerality from the rich soils. We definitely recommend the Markus Molitor’s 2005 Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Wehlener Klosterberg here.
So there you have it, the cream of the top wine regions in the world. If you ever happen to stumble upon at least one of these regions, make sure you don’t miss out on the great wine that these offer – you won’t regret it!