World of Wine Countries

Today, wine is produced in most parts of the world. The longest history of production is in Europe and is many times referred to as the “Old World” wine countries. Later wine production started in what we call “New World” wine countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, and the USA.

However, in the last century, a lot of other countries also produce wine and more and more countries emerge, both because technology develops but more importantly because of world climate change. On Winetourism.com, you can read about more than 30+ wine countries and also find out about wineries with amazing tourism offerings, so-called Wine tourism.


Wine Country France

France, as a winemaking country, is continually looked to as the “creme de la creme” of the wine world. The French are recognized globally for their excellence, grace, and devotion to the craft of winemaking.

Whether you journey along the Atlantic coastal regions of Bordeaux, Cognac, and the Loire Valley, or into the cool northern vineyards of Champagne and Burgundy, or through the sun-drenched Mediterranean fields of Provence, enchanting adventures await throughout this exceptional winemaking country. There is a fantastic array of bolder style blended red wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot famous to Bordeaux as well as more delicate red wines and classic white wines from Burgundy made from silky Pinot Noir and refined Chardonnay.

The elegant bubbly delights of Champagne and the alluring rose of Provence are an incredible way to enjoy your journey through France.

We invite you to come to explore the elegance and beauty of the landscapes and the wines of France.

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Wine Country Italy

Italy, as a winemaking country, is regarded as one of the best in the world, exquisite wines paired with unforgettable cuisine make Italy a top wine destination. There are vineyards throughout every corner of Italy, picturesque landscapes dotted with cypress trees, rocky mountain terraces with delicate rows of vines, or undulating hills of green cover the land.

We invite you to explore the remarkable world of Italian wine through the sunlit hillsides of Tuscany, the terraced vineyards of Friuli, fertile riverbanks of the Veneto, and the lovely island landscapes of Sicily and Sardinia. Come to taste incredible Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, and Super Tuscan red wines paired with rustic Italian cuisine. Whether you decide on a fresh, bubbly Prosecco or a dry, crisp glass of Pinot Grigio, Italy holds treasures for every wine lover’s palate.

Regardless of which region you decide to travel to, there will be new wines to discover that will entice and delight around every bend in the road.

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Wine Country Spain

The culture and traditions of Spain make it a captivating land to explore. Spain holds an incredible assemblage of history and heritage amongst their bodegas and their vines. From the dusty, dry vineyards of Rioja to the luscious mountainous terrain of coastal Galicia, touring through the wine regions of Spain will not disappoint.

Castilla y León, Navarra, Aragón, and Catalonia, each region has a specialty waiting for you to uncover. An abundance of native grapes varieties creates powerful wines with backbone and strength. Old world wine techniques such as long aging times in oak barrels and the use of a solera to create the famous fortified treasure, Sherry, capture the tradition and the long-standing heritage of Spanish winemaking. Yet a new wave of modern wineries and modern winemakers also creates a completely new, fresh, and unique flavor for Spain.

Explore medieval castles to Catalan Modernism alongside incredible Spanish wine and food. You will discover an expansive variety of wines. From bold Rioja to tantalizing sparkling Cava to the crisp white wine from the Basque region, Txakoli, Spain is an open door to excitement and adventure.

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Wine Country Portugal

Portugal is a symbol of tradition as many winemaking techniques used today invoke a time and place out of the past. Grapes are still stomped by foot in large stone troughs and cliffside vineyards are still tended by hand. We invite you to indulge in a vibrant range of Portuguese flavors as you explore a world from another time.

The UNESCO World Heritage site of the Douro River Valley region will capture your imagination with incredible steep terraced vineyards hanging over the river’s edge. Vinho Verde wines will inspire you with its refreshing wines. When an inland region of Alentejo, with their full-bodied wines made from local grapes Aragonês, Trincadeira, Castelão, Alfrocheiro, and Alicante Bouschet, will warm your soul up. Experience a taste and a tour of the famous fortified wine, Port, as it remains a strong component of Portugal’s identity.

Portuguese coastlines and rugged landscapes will entice and enchant any great adventurer. We hope you will join us and discover the passionate world of tradition in the wines of Portugal

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Wine Country Germany

The wine regions of Germany offer a cascade of luscious green hillsides and winding rivers, which make this cool winegrowing country a delight to explore. Many areas boast steeply sloped vineyards along the riverbanks with dramatic views and ample wine region pursuits. 

Come and join the wine trail of Germany to discover the dramatically sloped vineyards of the Mosel, the castles along the River Rhein, the appeal of the almond blossoms in Pfalz in springtime, and the warmth of Baden and its matrix of bike trails. Whether you travel through the Rheingau by boat, train, car, or bike, you will not be disappointed with the beauty of the wines of the region.

Incredibly refined, lean white wines made from aromatic varietals, make Germany a dominant force in the world of white wine. Riesling, Germany’s most planted grape, covers a diverse range of sweetness levels from dry and tart to softer and semi-sweet to heavenly and dripping of honey. A glass of Silvaner from Franken or Spätburgunder, Germany’s name for Pinot Noir, are also not to be missed on your German wine adventures.

We hope to see you along the trails for a glass of wine as you explore the dynamic winemaking country of Germany.

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Vineyards in Saale-Unstrut region, Germany wine country


Wine Country Austria

Austria wine country has long traditions of winemaking. Viticulture is an absolute gem of Austria’s millennia-old culture. At the same time, the country is a pioneer and a role model for modern and quality-oriented agriculture. With the help of a young, creative generation of winemakers, wines from Austria have made it to the international top.

Austria wine country advertises itself with the seven elements of successful winemaking: climate, landscape, grape varieties, culture, environment, value, and taste. Austria wine country captivates with a culture that is thousands of years old and which has been passed down further and further. Medieval villages and baroque monasteries and castles characterize the landscape of Austrian wine regions.

Due to the suitable climate, viticulture is concentrated in the east of the country and where four major Austrian wine regions are located. Lower AustriaBurgenland, Styria, and Vienna are further divided into their generic wine-growing areas and combine 17 specific wine-growing areas.

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Wine Country Georgia

Georgia is the cradle of wine culture and is valued by winegrowers, especially those from the natural wine scene. No wonder, because viticulture started around 6,000 years before Christ on the southern edge of the Caucasus. At that time the grapes were fermented in clay amphoras, the so-called Quevri, which were buried in the ground. Mankind invented winemaking here, and after thousands of years, wines are still fermented in terracotta vessels set into the ground.

The wine came from Georgia via Asia Minor and Cyprus to Greece and from there to southern Italy (Apulia, Sicily). The Romans brought the wine from Italy to Spain and southern France, from where the wine culture affects the whole of France extended to Germany.

With the growing interest in “Natural Wines”, more and more vintners around the world began to become particularly interested in the production of their “Orange Wines” in Quevris. These natural wines are made by fermentation in these clay jugs and 3-4 months of maceration. With this method, the cachectic wine gets its exceptional, tannic character. This type of production has been practiced for thousands of years.

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Wine Country Greece

Greece wine country enriches the international wine range with rare white and full-bodied red wines that are produced from indigenous grape varieties.

Greeks are among the very first which traded with wine as a valuable commodity. Greek wine country has a total of 61,500 ha planted with vines that are composed of native grape varieties such as Assyrtiko, Agiorgitiko, and Xinomavro together with famous international varieties.

Discover Greek wine regions from north to south and majestic islands, where you will be able to taste long-lasting traditions and modernity in your glass.

Visit Thrace, where the cult of Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, was established. Macedonia wine region will offer you one of the most unique wines of Greece, Xinomavro, which displays a very dark red color and spicy aromas of tomato and olive, with a powerful taste and relatively high acidity.

The Aegean Islands will fill you up with the real essence of Greece. 4000 years of winemaking history here is hidden behind the unbearable beauty of the islands of white houses overlooking the crystal clear blue water.

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Wine Country England

The history of Viticulture in England wine country goes back a long way and was founded by the Romans. Viticulture was also practiced on the island in the Middle Ages, a practice that was subsequently forgotten and was only rediscovered in the second half of the 20th century. English viticulture has experienced a significant upswing, especially in recent years.

The white wines from English wine regions are usually very light and lively with a floral bouquet. For some years now, sparkling wines have been made on the island with great success.

The majority of English wine regions are located in the south and southeast of the country, where the climate is drier and warmer comparing the rest of the country. Vine growing areas are mainly allocated in popular British wine regions such as Hampshire, Sussex, and Kent.

Hampshire wine region boasts the landscapes of rolling hills of South Downs and the terroir, similar to one in the Champagne region, that produces mineral refreshing wines. Just outside London, the Suffolk wine region is home to small wine producers.

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Wine Country Switzerland

Small but exclusive – this applies not only to the Switzerland wine country itself but also to the wines that are produced in the different Swiss wine regions. The best wines are of extremely high quality and are fantastically fine and very noble.

Vineyards of Switzerland wine country occupies around 15,000 hectares and the wines are mainly produced in the south part of the country. Swiss wine regions, GenevaNeuchâtelTicinoValais, and Vaud, boasts breathtaking terraced vineyard landscapes, lakes, snow-covered peaks, and diversity wine wines.

Valais, which houses the pyramid-shaped Matterhorn, luxurious alpine resorts, and first-class wineries in the Rhône Valley, has 5000 hectares and is home to  Swiss flagship wine, Petite Arvine.

Explore Lavaux is one of the most popular and charming Swiss wine regions located in Vaud and it extends from Lausanne to Vevey-Montreux. Terrace vineyards of Lavaux, which dates back to the 11th century, are protected by UNESCO for the significant cultural value.

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Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, Vaud, Switzerland wine country


Wine Country Lebanon

Lebanon wine country is one of the oldest wine-growing regions in the world as excavations have shown that Lebanese wine was grown in Byblos 5,000 years ago. However, modern viticulture in Lebanon is still very young. 150 years ago, Jesuits founded the first large wineries.

Then as now, viticulture in Leban wine country is concentrated in the Bekaa Valley and Batroun wine regions. The thousands of years of wine history is well represented in Lebanese wine regions, Bekaa Valley and Batroun, where you can discover the passion and the history in every glass of wine you take. Discover Lebanese wine regions with us, our local partner wineries will provide memorable wine tourism experiences for you.

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Wine Country Turkey

Turkey might not be one of the best-known wine-producing countries in the world, but it is for sure one with a long history. Wine-making tradition is said to have started millennia before Christ, but the first official commercial Turkish winery only opened in 1925, established by Turkey’s first president Kemal Atatürk.

The largest wine-producing area of Turkey is the Aegean wine region, near the famous city of Izmir. The second most productive is the Mid-Eastern Anatolia wine region. The latter is followed by the Marmara wine region and the Mid-Southern Anatolia wine region.

Immerse yourself in the wine tradition of Turkey, take one of the official wine routes that have been established specifically for tourists. The two most popular are the South Izmir Wine Route and the Aegean Wine Route. Visiting Turkish wine regions is both a culinary and a historical journey, as on the roads connecting wineries, you will encounter many incredible archaeological sites.

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Wine Country Hungary

Hungary wine country is the most important wine producer in Eastern Europe. Although the country is primarily known due to the famous sweet wine Tokaj Aszú, dry wines are also produced here on a large scale.

Hungary wine country has a long history of winemaking that goes back to the 5th century AD. There are around 22 officially recognized Hungarian wine regions that are distributed across the country. All the Hungarian wine regions have distinctive characteristics and produce diverse wines.

Tokaj is considered to be one of the most famous Hungarian wine regions. The popularity of the region reached a peak at the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries with the help of Tokaj Aszú wine. Badasconi wine region is one of the most beautiful wine regions in the country, where vineyards are located on the gentle hills with magnificent views of the lake.

In the southern part of the country, other Hungarian wine regions such as VillánySzekszárd, and the western Hungarian Sopron, produce exceptional wines that well accompany distinctive Hungarian cuisine.

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Wine Country Serbia

As said, the Romans ‘established’ the Serbia wine country, but it was only under the Nemanjic dynasty that viticulture became an important economic sector. When Serbia was part of Yugoslavia, viticulture was at its peak and the state was among the top-ten producers in the world. The Serbia wine country saw a sudden decline in production and export when Yugoslavia fell into pieces.

Today, there are 9 major Serbian wine regions that are further divided into smaller sub-zones. Vojvodina wine region, Central Serbia wine region and Kosovo wine region are the most productive in the country. Vojvodina wine region and Central Serbia wine region are the opposite when it comes to soil, landscape, and climate, as the first one is in the Pannonian Plain and the second in the middle of the Western Balkans mountain range.
Wine tourism in Serbia mainly functions around wine tastings and tours of cellars and wineries in the various wine regions. To attract more wine connoisseurs and enthusiasts to the Serbia wine country, since 2010 there is a big international wine fair in Belgrade, called Beo Wine Fair.

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Wine Country Slovenia

Slovenia wine country, which has a wide range of wines, went through a dynamic development of wine scene in recent years. Today, the country skilfully dares to cross the border between tradition and modernity.

The Slovenian wine tradition began 2,400 years ago with the Celts, who cultivated the first vines there. Winegrowing also flourished under the Romans, and Slovenian wines were even praised by wine author Pliny.

Today Slovenia is divided into three large cultivation areas. Slovenian wine regions, Podravska(Drava Valley), Primorska on Adriatic Coast, and Posavska(Sava Valley), express diversity in the wines they produce.

Come and discover one of the largest and oldest classical wine cellars in Europe that boast 2.1 km long underground passages and taste local wines of Podravska.

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Wine Country Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bosnia-Herzegovina is one of the six countries that was established when the Former Yugoslavia fell. Many different peoples left their influences on Bosnia’s culture, that today is a mix of Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian, and Yugoslavian traditions. As it happened in several neighboring Balkan countries, the wine production of the Bosnia-Herzegovina wine country stopped because of the wars of the 1990s. In more recent years of peace, the wine industry registered rapid growth.

There are two important wine-producing regions in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Herzegovina wine region and Northern Bosnia. Both in the Herzegovina wine region and in the Northern Bosnia wine region, there are several wineries open for tastings and cellar tours. In Herzegovina, you can also follow the Herzegovina wine route, on which you will encounter top wineries and learn a lot about the history of wine-making in the Bosnia-Herzegovina wine country.

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Wine Country Montenegro

Viticulture in the modern territory of Montenegro started in the 2nd century when the Romans started to grow vines and produce wine. However, it wasn’t until the 19th/20th centuries and more recently the year 2007, that the Montenegro wine country was officially recognized.

Vranac is the most grown indigenous grape of Montenegro. The main characteristic of the grape is the thick-black skin that gives Vranac wine a very strong and dark red color. White wines are less popular in Montenegro, but international varieties like Chardonnay are cultivated in both Montenegrin wine regions: the Coastal wine region, and the Lake Skadar wine region.

Many small and family-run wineries are open to welcome tourists from all over the world to serve them their wines. Two official wine routes take wine enthusiasts along an educational journey on local specialties. The routes are the Crmica Wine Route and the Ancient Dolcea wine route.

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Wine Country Croatia

Croatia wine country is one of the most important wine producers on the Adriatic coast at the Balkan Peninsula, where at the coast of the Azure Sea, grapes ripen for Croatia’s best wines.

Winemaking takes place in three main Croatian wine regions: Eastern Continental, Western Continental, and Coastal. These wine regions are further divided into smaller wine sub-regions. The majority of high-quality wines come from coastal regions of Croatia wine country.

Istria is one of the ancient Croatian wine regions that spans the westernmost part of the country and the coastal tip of southern Slovenia. The region is considered a stronghold of biodynamics and orange wine. Orange wine, which is also known as amber wines. Dalmatian Coast is home to some of the finest wines of Croatia wine country. Visit the region to discover golden-sandy beaches, breathtaking landscapes with hillside vineyards, and boutique wineries.

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Wine Country South Africa

South Africa wine country is a place where dreams come true for travel enthusiasts and wine lovers alike. The mountains, forests, coasts, and desserts are a pleasure for the eyes, while the wines are a delight for the palate. The history of viticulture in South African wine country began with Jan van Riebeeck in the middle of the 17th century and today grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc, Colombard, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz, and Pinotage grow on 130,000 hectares. 

Come and discover the greatest concentration of top wineries, located in the Coastal region, where Strong, fruity white wines are produced from the grapes grown on the high slopes of the Simonsberg and the Helderberg. Visit the most significant wine district of the Coastal Region, Stellenbosch, which home to South Africa’s best-known wine estates and the birthplace of Pinotage grapes. Klein Karoo wine region will present the beautiful diversity of South Africa, where viticulture activities take place mainly in the valleys, kloofs, and ravines of this rugged landscape.

Cape South Coast will offer you wines filled with ocean essence and will amaze you with breathtaking landscapes, where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet at the southernmost tip of Africa.

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Wine Country New Zealand

No other wine nation has seen such rapid development in the past 20 years as the New Zealand wine country. In 1960, only 400 hectares were planted with vines in New Zealand; today the area under vines is an impressive 40,000 hectares. The quality of Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs is recognized all over the world.

New Zealand’s wine regions are visited by hundreds of thousands of international travelers every year. The popularity of the country as a wine destination is increasing every year thanks to the enthusiasm and innovation of local winemakers from different regions of the country.

Visit the center of New Zealand’s wine industry and experience some of the most exceptional dining scenes of the country. Malborough wine region boasts an exceptional environment with pristine coastal landscapes, vineyards, and boutique wineries, where you will be able to taste one of the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world. Explore the southernmost wine region of the world, Central Otago, where Pinot Noir found favorable conditions between snowcapped peaks of the Southern Alps and Beech forests. Wairarapa is home to some of the country’s most famous wineries.

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Wine Country USA

The Winemaking Country of The United States of America- a symbol of ingenuity, creativity, and pushing boundaries

Every State in the Country makes Wine. From Alaska to Hawaii and California to Maine every one of the 50 states produces wines in varying styles and cultivates vineyards that keep that American spirit alive.

Embark on an exploration of Californian wines made from many other international varieties. Sunny California has a fantastic array of wines and winemakers with quality and hospitality at the center of their offerings. Explore Washington State and its bounty of exciting bold red and crisp elegant white wines. Meet the passionate winegrowers in the fertile farmlands of Oregon to taste some of the country’s most exceptional Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.

Visit the historical regions of Virginia where Thomas Jefferson first planted grapes. Chardonnay, Viognier, and tantalizing reds made from Cabernet Franc and Merlot are the highlights of Virginia wine country. Delight in the surroundings of the glacier-formed Finger Lake region of New York filled with waterfalls, hiking trails, and wineries nestled amongst the vines. You won’t want to miss the Riesling from this great region.

Although it is a relatively young wine-growing country, the enthusiasm and thirst for life make the US an exciting place to explore. Taste your way through the country and discover this expansive nation and all the treasures it has to offer. We invite you to a new world of wine in the United States.

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Wine Country Chile

Chile wine country is one of the first to start wine production from New World wine countries. Spanish conquistadors brought first Vitis Vinifera vines here once they colonized the region.

Chile wine country occupies long narrow land on the western coast of South America. The climate of the country is influenced by the Andes to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Chilean wine regions are located along the 1300 km stretch of land from the Atacama Region in the north to the Bio-Bio in the south.

The majority of the Chilean wine regions are allocated in the Central Valley of the country, where vineyards are bounded by Andes Mountain Range to the East and the Pacific Ocean to the West.  Maipo Valley close to Santiago is a very popular destination among both locals and tourists. In Rapel Valley, you will be able to discover some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Maule Valley, which is one of the Largest Chilean wine regions is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards as well as a small quantity of Malbec and Carignan.

Don’t miss a chance to visit hidden territories of Souther Valley, where together with the country’s premium wines, you will be enjoying the exceptional natural beauty of Biobio River, Nahuelbuta National Park, and of course, arid steppes, grasslands, and deserts of Patagonia.

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Wine Country Australia

Australia wine country is large and wine growing is correspondingly diverse. The largest growing areas are in VictoriaNew South WalesSouth Australia (South East), and Western Australia, as the climate here is not as hot and dry as in the rest of Australia. Each region offers a diversity of wines and wine tourism experiences. Explore Australian wine regions with us and discover offerings of local wine producers.

The Southwest corner of Western Australia offers elegant and refreshing Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Indulge in a rich fusion of award-winning wines, specialty liqueurs, and delicious treats of Swan Valley.

Explore Australia’s wine capital, Adelaide in South Australia, where around 200 open cellar doors are ready to host you for the perfect wine experience.

Try the decades-old fortified wine in Rutherglen in Victoria, which is a small, fine, and above all, diverse wine region. Wine journey in New South Wales will present you with a diversity of Australia with plenty of attractions and amazing sites including beaches, national parks, historic towns, wineries, and vineyard landscapes.

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Wine Country Argentina

According to the size of the vineyards, the Argentina wine country is among the top 10 in the world. But the quality has also changed a lot in recent years so that these wines enrich the international market very much.

Over 95% of the vines grow at the foot of the Andes, out of which Malbec grape variety is the leading one since it found favorable conditions in Argentina and produces flagship wines of the country. Torrontés grape variety also found perfect conditions in the Salta wine region, where it develops strong flavors and gives to wines aromatic, sweet but yet dry floral aromas.

One of the most important Argentinian wine regions is Mendoza, which is located around the metropolis that carries the same name. A special hot spot in Mendoza is Tupungato, located high in the Andes. The second major growing area, San Juan, is located 200 km north of Mendoza. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Bonarda are growing here increasingly.

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Wine Country Uruguay

Uruguay wine country is the fourth-largest wine producer in South America. The country is the best to know for the red wines produced from Tannat grape variety as well as white wines produced from Albarino.

Tannat is considered to be the national grape of Uruguay, which normally produces wines with a harder tannin structure. However, in Uruguay, under the South American sun, it produces softer, more charming wines.

Take a tour to Uruguayan wine regions with us to discover the authenticity of the country together with our local partners. Explore rolling hills, beaches, and farmlands of Canelones, Where they produce wines with well-balanced alcohol and acidity level. You can discover the oldest vineyards in the country in Montevideo. And don’t forget to enjoy the well-matured Cabernet wines of Durazno.

Discover the aromas of Tannat, explore the local gastronomy, and admire the natural beauty of the wine country.

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Wine Country Mexico

When talking about alcoholic beverages, Mexico is immediately associated with tequila or refreshing beer; but did you know that you can also have local Mexican wine? Indeed, Mexico is the oldest wine-growing country of the entire American continent, as Spanish conquerors brought vines from Europe in the 16th century. Today, the Mexico wine country counts more than 2,500 hectares of vines.

If you are a wine enthusiast visiting Mexico, don’t forget to hit the “Ruta del Vino”, the official wine route of Baja California. A signposted road connects almost fifty excellent wineries. In the Valle de Guadalupe, which is part of the Baja California wine region, there is also “El Museo de la Vid y del Vino”.

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Wine Country Brazil

Brazil wine country that covers 47% of South America is the third largest wine producer from the continent.

The history of viticulture in Brazil wine country started in 1932 when the Portuguese planted the first vines in the state of São Paulo. Later in 1626, the Spanish brought vines to the Rio Grande do Sul. In the 19th century, Italian immigrants brought vines to Brazil, which played a significant role in the development of the Brazilian wine industry. Today, 80% of vines cultivated in Brazil wine country is an American grape variety Isabela, which is a thick-skinned grape that adopts harsh weather conditions easily. In Brazil, red wines and spumante are the pride of its producers.

During the last 20 years, the wine industry together with wine tourism has been developing significantly. Brazil wine country is waiting to be discovered by wine lovers and travel enthusiasts. Put the Serra Gaúcha on your bucket list to explore the Brazilian tradition of winemaking and taste flagship sparkling wines. Wines that express the country’s personality and culture, that are easy-drinking, light and fresh, fruit-forward, and lower in alcohol.

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Wine Country Canada

Viticulture started in Canada more or less 200 years ago, when settlers brought vines from Europe. After prohibition and years of a very low production rate, today winemakers from the Canada wine country are demonstrating that growing fine grapes in cold regions is not impossible; as a matter of fact, these grapes possess a very specific and recognizable structure and aromas.

Ontario and British Columbia are the main Canadian wine regions. Ontario wine region is actually the most productive, thanks to the Niagara Peninsula province. This area has the most diverse climate, soil type, and continental climate that allows winegrowers to cultivate great Chardonnay, Riesling, and Cabernet Franc grapes.

The Canada wine country is one of the first ice wine producers in the world. Wine tastings and cellar tours are very popular in Canada because many wineries are located in the middle of amazing landscapes and often have also a top restaurant.

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Wine Country Sweden

Don’t ever make the mistake of thinking that Scandinavia can only produce beer and spirits, because thanks to climate change and global heating, wine production is flourishing in northern Europe. Sweden only has one region that, climate-wise, is good for viniculture: Skåne (Scania) in south Sweden.

The two main varieties grown in vineyards all over Scania are Solaris white grapes and Rondo red grapes. These are hybrid varieties created on purpose and perfectly suited to survive cold climates.

Today, winegrowing and making have spread to the south-western coast of Sweden, up until Göteborg, on the islands of Öland and Gotland, and in Södermanland, a region south of Stockholm.

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Wine Country Armenia

Armenia is one of the oldest wine-producing countries in the world and even though its importance decreased throughout the centuries, we shall not forget that Armenia is located in the Transcaucasia area, the homeland of viticulture.

The historical importance of the Armenia wine country was confirmed in 2010, when one of the oldest winery in the world was found in the village of Areni, in the Vayots Dzor region, thanks to an archaeological excavation. The Areni Winery is more or less 6100-years old and inside of it pressed and desiccated grapes were found, together with cups for wine. Armenia is a landlocked and small country, but its endless vineyards count 30 different indigenous grape varieties. They are actually many more, but the number used for wine-production is a bit limited.

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Wine Country Belgium

Belgium is best known for being a beer-producing country, and for being among the world’s largest Bordeaux’s consumer. However, Belgium also has two active wine regions: Wallonia and Flanders.

The first attempts of growing grapes in the area that we today call ‘Belgium’ happened around the 9th century in the Wallonia region, near the modern city of Liège. Viticulture started thanks to monks and the first vineyards were properties of abbeys and the wine was mainly produced to drink at celebrations. Today, wine in Belgium is mainly produced by individual winemakers for domestic and local consumption.

The most popular varieties grown by independent wineries are whites from the neighboring countries of Germany and France: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Müller-Thurgau, and Kerner. Some amateur winegrowers also produce limited quantities of Pinot Noir.

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Wine Country Bolivia

Bolivian vineyards cover an area of less than 3000 hectares and are predominantly scattered at an extreme high-altitude in the Andean valleys. Indeed, almost all the vines are planted south of the Equator at an altitude between 1600 and 2850 meters.

The first vineyards in Bolivia were planted by Spanish colonizers who successfully managed to grow grapes in a tropical environment. The first varieties that were planted by the pioneers of Bolivian wine were Mission, País, and Muscat of Alexandria. The art of winemaking has undergone a lot of changes and adapted to modern technologies and processes.

Bolivia has three wine regions: Central Valley of Tarija, Valley of Cinti, and Valleys of Santa Cruz. All the wine regions have a semiarid and temperate climate, and due to the elevation, grapes are much exposed to sunlight.  This results in strong aromatic wines, both red and white (Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot).

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Wine Country Bulgaria

Bulgaria might not be one of the top wine-producing countries in Europe, but it is among the ones with the oldest viticultural tradition. Bulgaria is in fact in the area where the ancient Thrace was, that included Greece and a part of Turkey. Vine-growing started more or less 5000 years ago, but probably, the most illustrious moment of viticulture was under the rule of the Bulgaria Empire in the 14th century.

The whole country has excellent soil and climatic condition and has the same latitude as the renowned wine regions of Tuscany and Bordeaux. Bulgaria has two official subregions, the Danubian Plains and the Thracian Lowlands. Other notable wine-producing areas are the Black Sea Coast, the Valley of Roses south of the Balkan Mountains, and the Struma Valley in the south-west.

Most Bulgarian winemakers have replaced traditional wine varieties, such as Melnik, with established and more famous grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet.

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Wine Country China

There is no country in the world where viticulture has increased as much as in China. The country now has a vineyard area of ​​830,000 hectares. But most of it is used for the production of table grapes. It is estimated that only around 15 percent is made into wine.

What was originally a drink of the rich has now become a lifestyle drink. The main focus here is on light, sweetish red wines, which are also popular as mixed drinks with tonic or lemonade.

The largest wine-growing region in China is the Bohai region in the Shandong province. There is a warm, humid monsoon climate with high rainfall. Red wine is traditionally produced in this wine region. The leading grape variety here is the international Cabernet Sauvignon. But as well the heat-resistant Marselan has become more important here. This grape variety is a crossing between Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache Noir.

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Wine Country Cyprus

Winemaking culture has always been present on the island of Cyprus, and even though it is unknown when exactly the production started, archaeological discoveries have proved it was already ‘a thing’ in the Bronze Age (2500-2000 BC). It was during the Middle Ages that the Cypriot wine production reached its highest point, before declining with the arrival of the Ottoman Empire.

Today, Cyprus is a growing and flourishing wine country that delivers enthusiasts delicious indigenous wine varieties, together with internationally renowned varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Riesling.

The most planted grape is the indigenous variety Mavro, which actually means ‘black’ in Greek and is indeed a very dark-skinned grape. Mavro is mainly used to produce the PGI denominated sweet wine Commandaria. This naturally sweet wine is always high in alcohol levels and is more similar to a Passito or fortified wine. Commandaria can also be produced using the main white variety in Cyprus, Xynisteri.

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Wine Country Denmark

Best known for its production of beer, the world-famous Carlsberg is Danish, and for being one of the Scandinavian countries, it might sound incredible that Denmark also has a wine industry. The development of a wine-growing tradition started at the end of the 20th century when the climate changed.

Denmark has two main wine-growing areas: Jutland and South Denmark, plus the islands of Zealand and Funen. The climate of these wine areas is great for the production of apple and cherry-based liqueurs and fruit wines.

Danish vineyards are mostly planted with varieties that survive in cold weather, such as the hybrid white variety Orion and Madeleine Angevine, another white variety that has an early-ripening period. These varieties take advantage of the long summer days and develop a full and complex flavor.

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Wine Country Israel

Israel wine country, with its altitude, is similar in climate to the Napa Valley of California. Powerful, mineral and lavishly expressive wines are created here.

Israel in biblical times is called the “cradle of vines and wines”. Wine from Israel was popular even with the Greeks and Romans and the meaning of the grape juice becomes clear at the latest when you see that the word “wine” appears 207 times in the Bible alone.

As in Lebanon, most of the vineyards in Israel are located in the higher regions of the north: Galilee, Judea, the occupied Golan Heights. But there are also wine-growing niches in the Negev desert. The total area under vines is around 7000 hectares, of which only 5000 hectares are intended for wine production.

The area under vines is steadily increasing. On the one hand, because the vine is more economical to irrigate than other types of fruit, and on the other hand, because high prices are paid for Israeli wine.

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Wine Country Luxembourg

Luxembourg wine country has a beautiful mix of French and German cultures, which is expressed not only with the language they speak but also wines they produce.

The Müller-Thurgau, the dominant grape variety of Luxembourg wine country, produces light, fresh white wines with moderate acidity.
Here in Luxembourg, you will also discover some Burgundian grape varieties, such as Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Auxerrois as well as noble Riesling.

A specialty of Luxembourg is the Cremant of Luxembourg, which is produced using the classic fermentation method in the bottle. All white grape varieties can be used to produce this prickler. If the wines reach at least 12 points (out of a maximum of 20) during the official sensory control, they receive the official back label Appellation Controllée Moselle Luxembourgeoise. With 14 points the wine can be called Vin Classé, with 16 points Premier Cru and with 18 points Grand Premier Cru.

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Wine Country Northern Macedonia

Wine has been cultivated in the Republic of Macedonia since ancient times, and Macedonian wines were already a sought-after and precious luxury at that time.

Wine is produced here in many variations – from dry to sweet, from red to rosé to white and sparkling wines from the Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Sauvignon Blanc varieties. The autochthonous red Vranec grape variety is expanded in a single variety or blended with the international grape varieties to form a cuvée. Viticulture in North Macedonia, like in neighboring countries, has a long tradition. The climate in North Macedonia is mixed Mediterranean-continental, the vineyards cover around 22,400 hectares.

80% of the vineyards are planted with red wine varieties, in addition to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, especially with local varieties such as Vranec, Prokupac, and Kratosija. The white grape varieties are the Serbian Smederevra, Zilavka from Bosnia-Herzegowina, the Welschriesling as well as some Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

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Wine Country Moldova

Moldova wine country is located in the southeast of Europe, between Ukraine and Romania. There are numerous legends that testify to the ancient wine-growing culture of the country. One of these legends has created the symbol of Moldovian viticulture. The stork with grapes symbolizes Moldavian viticulture and is included in the logo of the Viticulture Association.

Over 50 different grape varieties occupy 112 thousand hectares of vineyards in the wine country of Moldova, which is split into three large winemaking regions. Cordu, the largest and the most important wine region of Moldova wine country, is characterized by hilly landscapes and river valleys. Stefan Voda, which is located in the southern part of the country and is the warmest zones, and Val lui Traian, located on the southern border with Romania.

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Wine Country Peru

The Peruvian wine tradition started, as for several South American countries when the first Spanish colonizers planted some vines in the 16th century. With a climate similar to Chile, Perù’s production of alcoholic beverages is more focused on brandy and spirits. However, local winemakers are able to produce luscious wine from grape varieties that adapt really well to a warm tropical climate.

One of the number 1 varieties grown and then processed in Perù is Grenache, a red grape from France, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec. Also, various forms of Muscat and Sauvignon Blanc proved to be good alternatives and flourish in tropical areas.

Perù has no designated appellations for wine, but the Prisco brandy has a PDO (Protected Designation of Origin), which is made in the coastal valleys around the city of Prisco. This area can also be considered as the heart of the wine production, together with Ica, Chincha, Tacna, and Moquengua. All these valleys and regions are submersed in stunning and jaw-dropping landscapes.

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Wine Country Romania

Do you know that Romania is among the top 10 wine-producing countries in Europe? No? Well, here’s a little information about this country’s production. The Romanian territory is vast, and it can be thought of as a border between western and eastern Europe. Wine-making tradition has been practiced in Romania even before the arrival of the Romans, and archaeological discoveries have proven that viticulture started more or less 6,000 years ago!  

Its continental climate makes it possible for grapes to fully grow all around the country, but the main wine regions of Romania are Transylvania, Banat, Crisana, Dobrogea Hills, Moldova Hills, Maramures, Muntenia, and Oltenia.

White varieties are the real deal in Romania, with the indigenous Fetească grape covering most of the planted vineyard land. The Muntenia wine region is one of the best-known for the production of top-quality white wines. As it concerns the red varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon is planted in large numbers all across Romanian wine regions.

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Wine Country Russia

Most of us as soon as they hear the name ‘Russia’ unintentionally think about Vodka. Surprisingly, in the south-western part of this immense country, in between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, you can encounter vineyards and wineries producing original Russian wine. The climate and territory around entire Russia are unsuitable for vine-growing, except for this portion overlooking Crimea.

The history of wine-producing in Russia started in modern times, around the mid-19th century when Prince Lev Golitsyn opened the first winery to produce Russian champagne and sparkling wines. The production underwent a dramatic stop first when the Russian Revolution occurred in 1917, and then with the reforms of the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Since the beginning of the 21st century, Russian wineries started to produce more thanks to the introduction of European techniques.

The most popular and planted variety in the Russian wine regions, Krasnodar, Stavropol, and Rostov, is Rkatsiteli, an ancient indigenous pale-skinned grape from Georgia. Other varieties such as German Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Italian Traminer can also be found, but mainly grown by independent viticulturists.

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Wine Country Vietnam

Wine production is relatively young in Vietnam, as it started at the beginning of the 21st century, but its growth has been firmly increasing. Even though the country’s high percentage of humidity doesn’t help the growing of grapes, there are a few terroirs and environments favorable for planting vine rows. The areas with a more temperate climate are the Gulf of Tonkin, Mekong, the Valley of the Red Rivers, Da Lat, the Central Highland region, and the coastal plain near Phan Rang-Tháp Chàm.

Before undergoing a steady growth between the 20th and the 21st centuries, a first wine-growing experiment was done by French colonists in the area around the Ba Vì mountain range, not far from the city of Hanoi.

Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are the main wine varieties produced in Vietnamese wineries.

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