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 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 rosé of Provence are an incredible way to enjoy your journey through France.

The one idea all these regions hold in common is the dedication to the creation of wines with a pure expression of terroir. The idea that the place, climate, and soil help shape French wine and the vigneron, or winemaker, is simply a steward of the land, has held steady throughout hundreds of years of tradition and hard work. The viticulture practices, winemaking techniques, and classic grape varieties continue to hold France as a shining light in the world of wine.

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.

Every region creates wines that not only fit to the unique climate of the area but also pair most perfectly to the famous regional cuisine. Rustic Italian dishes alongside refined Italian wines are a complete match made in heaven.

Come to taste incredible Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, and Super Tuscan red wines. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste the renowned Barolo and Barbaresco wines of the northern region, Piedmont. 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, 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.

Discover an incredible range of winemakers in the Castilla y León, Navarra, Aragón, and the Catalunya wine regions. Each region has a specialty waiting for you to uncover. An abundance of native grapes varieties are the true stars of Spanish wine as Tempranillo, Garnacha, Albariño, and Verdejo create 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 creating a whole portfolio of aromas and flavors as well as body and finish. 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.

Through the art of blending, Portuguese wines develop great complexity with an array of aromas and flavors. The indigenous grape varieties of Portugal display incredible wine styles found nowhere else on the planet.

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.

The Minho, known for its effervescent Vinho Verde wines, is a coastal region that will also inspire. Explore the beautiful, warm inland region of Alentejo with their full-bodied wines made from local grapes Aragonês, Trincadeira, Castelão, Alfrocheiro, and Alicante Bouschet.

Discover the Lisboa region just outside of Lisbon for a fantastic array of wine delights. 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. An incredible network of hiking trails, camping sites, and a love for the outdoors makes Germany an excellent spot to traverse for adventure and white wine.

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 or 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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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.

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 (todays) France extended to Germany.

For thousands of years, grapes in the Caucasus have been fermented into wine in large terracotta vessels set directly into the ground. The latest archaeological findings locate the cradle of wine culture in the Georgian region of Kvemo Kartli. Mankind invented winemaking there.

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.

Around two-thirds of the Georgian vineyards are planted with red wine, the number of indigenous grape varieties is enormous, 525 independent Georgian grape varieties are known. 38 varieties are approved for commercial viticulture on a total of 48,000 hectares in Georgia.

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Wine Country: South Africa

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Wine Country: Brazil

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Wine Country: Greece

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Wine Country: Turkey

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Wine Country: Switzerland

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Wine Country: Mexico

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Wine Country: United Kingdom

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Wine Country: Austria

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Wine Country: Lebanon

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Wine Country: Croatia

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Wine Country: Canada

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Wine Country: New Zealand

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Wine Country: Serbia

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Wine Country: Slovenia

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Wine Country: Hungary

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Wine Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Wine Country: Argentina

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Wine Country: Montenegro

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Wine Country: Uruguay

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Wine Country: Australia

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Wine Country: Chile

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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.

In the West…

Embark on an exploration of Californian Cabs, Zinfandels, Syrah, and 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. Washington wines are cultivated in strikingly beautiful landscapes where millions of years old rock formations have created cavernous terrain with exquisite potential for growing grapevines. Meet the passionate winegrowers in the fertile farmlands of Oregon to taste some of the country’s most exceptional Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.

To the East…

Visit the historical regions of Virginia where Thomas Jefferson first planted grapes at the beginning of the nation’s history. 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 winegrowing 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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