Whilst new wine regions are cropping up all the time, did you know there are only ten countries in the world that produce 80% of the world’s wine?!

It’s no secret that we love wine here at From our Cellar, so we’re taking you around the world as we take a closer look at some of our favourite wine regions.

Fellow oenophiles, get ready to add these to your travel wish list!

France

France is known for its historical winemaking and is perhaps the most famous wine-making country in the world. The wine regions are governed by the AOC, a system of strict laws which guide how grapes can be planted and how wine can be produced.

Champagne – The most northerly wine region in France, Champagne was the first region to produce sparkling wine and probably the most famous. Vineyards are made up of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier.

Burgundy– Producing some of the finest and most expensive wines in the world, Burgundy produces wines made from either pinot noir or chardonnay. The individual districts of Burgundy are what make the wines produced here distinct, such as Chablis.

Rhône Valley- Some of the most fashionable and high-quality wines are produced in the Northern and Southern Rhône regions including Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

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wine regions around the world
wine regions around the world

Italy

Delicious food and even more delicious wine. There’s a reason why Italy is the top wine producing country in the world, producing a whopping 4,250,000 litres of wine a year! Blanketed in vineyards all over the country, Italy boasts around 350 wine varieties and is known for producing wine that is diverse in style and almost always food friendly. Italy’s wines are classified into four categories according to wine quality; DOCG, DOC, IGT or VdT, with DOCG being the most superior. Look out for these on the wine label next time you buy a bottle from Italy.

There are around 20 different wine regions in Italy. Here are a few of the key regions we love and the wines they produce.

Puglia – responsible for creating big, fruity reds as well as half of Italy’s olive oil production, Puglia is best known for producing primitivo among other grape varieties.

Tuscany- Tuscany is the most important wine region of Italy, home to the famous Chianti (thanks, Hannibal!) sangiovese is very much the grape of the region. 

Friuli- Venezia Giulia – on the border with Slovenia, is known for producing some of the best white wines in Italy. Fruilano is the most widely planted grape alongside large volumes of pinot grigio. This region is also known for innovation, they produce orange wine too!

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wine regions around the world

Spain

Spain has the largest number of vineyards in the world but due to its dry climate it produces much smaller quantities than other countries. It’s all about quality over quantity in Spain, where they produce some of the most refined wines in the world. The country is also known for producing sherry and cava!

La Rioja – It would be sacrilege not to mention Rioja, Spain’s largest wine producing region. The area boasts 600 wineries and produces 400 million bottles of wine a year! Rioja reds typically come from the tempranillo grape with whites and rosés from the area also becoming popular.

Navarra – Navarra’s unique geography produces great wines particularly rosé made with the garnacha grape.

Andalucia – the home of sherry! This region is known mainly for fortified and dessert wines and is the oldest wine producing region of Spain.

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South Africa

The country’s climate allows for unique conditions for making fresh whites and fruity reds. Chenin Blanc is South Africa’s most well-known white variety whilst reds are dominated by shiraz, they also produce the largest amount of brandy in the world!

Key regions include:

Olifants River – this historical wine area is known for mass production of a wide variety of grapes from sauvignon blanc to pinotage and shiraz.

Breede River Valley – The hotter climate here produces rich, fruity reds as well as some exciting sparkling wines.

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wine regions around the world

If a holiday to these beautiful wine countries isn’t on the cards just yet, head over to the website to transport yourself abroad and explore our selection of wines from some of these regions instead!