Specific brands of imported wine might not be everyone’s cup of tea. This is mostly due to climate varieties in wine-making areas around the globe, process discrepancies and different kinds of grapes used. However, if a brand is being imported internationally, you can rest assured that it’s one made with dedication, gone through great deal of tasting and most importantly – one of immense quality. We’ve gathered a couple of wine-making locations that comprise the cream of what the grape has to offer.
Australian wine regions
Did you know that Australia is the world’s fourth largest wine exporter, with the average of 750 million litres per year? Even though the first couple of tries at getting Australia’s wine juices flowing have failed, during the country’s early history, Aussies have a lot to thank for to James Busby, who went back to France, visited Spain and came back with a wide variety of grapes. Since then, Australia has seen a great deal of success at winemaking. Wine reviews show that the most loved Australian wineries are mostly centered in the South of this vast continent. The Langhorne Creek wine region is responsible for the Shiraz as a main variety. Immediate follow-ups are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and the famous Merlot.
Californian wine regions
What’s interesting about this popular part of California is that, even though it amounts to three-quarters of France, in terms of territory size, it makes up for almost 90% of the entire American wine production. The regions that excel are the well-known Napa Valley, Rutherford, and the largest – Central Valley, stretching from Sacramento Valley, to San Joaquin. The Central Valley is responsible for making nearly 75% of all California wine grapes and it is home to various jug wine producers like Gallo, Bronco Wine Company and Franzia. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blank – the variety of wine types is huge in this popular wine location.
French wine regions
The first thing that comes to mind when you think ‘wine’ is probably France. This country has a long history of tradition in the business and have undergone a great deal of improvement since the point of origin of French wine, traced back to the 6th century BC. Produced in quantities amounting to the breathtaking 60 million hectoliters per year, France can easily brag about being one of the largest wine producers in the world. The main wine growing regions in this country are Alsace, Bordeaux, Champagne, Burgundy and many more. I am sure you’re familiar with at least a couple of the mentioned, as wines coming from these locations share their names.
Portuguese wine regions
The Portuguese have Romans to thank for, when it comes to their wine tradition. Mostly concentrated in their former settlements in the Lusitania province, back in the day, wines here were produced for both local consumption and for export to Rome. This only serves as proof of the tradition and quality involved. One of the most popular wine regions would definitely be Alto Douro. Douro remains a greatly popular choice in restaurants when it comes to imported wine to this very day. From the Minho province, comes the popular Vinho Verde white wine of impeccable quality, and best of all, it comes both in forms of red and rosé as well.
All of the mentioned countries are huge wine exporters and the differences in quality, amount and type are significant to the trained palate. When it comes to a good wine, it’s all up to an individual’s taste.