Don’t skip over the Greek section of the wine list (or the Greek aisle in the wine store) just because you can’t pronounce the grapes. A few years ago, you probably didn’t know how to say Viognier or Grüner Veltliner, either. Santorini’s white wine Assyrtiko

Other USA

Climate is the biggest challenge facing vintners in most states. Traditional EuropeanVitis vinifera grape varieties don't thrive in hot humid summers and cold winters causing winemakers in many states to choose hardier native American or

South America

West of the Andes, Chile's climate varies from the heat of the arid, rocky, mountainous desert to the north and the icy, Antarctic expanse in the south. Midway between the two are the warm, fertile valleys that are home to this nation's


Italy has more than 300 DOC and the more strict DOCG zones but two regions stand out: Piedmont, in the northwest, where the Nebbiolo grape yields powerful, long-lived Barolo and Barbaresco wines; and Tuscany, home of the Sangiovese grape, responsible for two of Italy's most acclaimed wines-Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. 


Spain has over 2.9 million acres planted—making it the most widely planted wine producing nation in the world, but it's the 3rd leading producer of wine in the world, the largest being France followed by Italy.


For most American wine lovers Portuguese wine means Port, the rich fortified Portugal wine made in the hot, dry Douro Valley in the northern part of the country. But the past decade has witnessed a greater flow of high-quality table wines,


While there is some wine production in the provinces of Buenos Aires, Cordoba, and La Pampa,  the vast majority of wine production takes place in the far western expanse of Argentina leading up to the foothills of the Andes. The Mendoza region is the largest region and the leading producer, responsible for more than two-thirds of the country's yearly production, followed by the San Juan and La Rioja regions to the north.


Chile is the fifth largest exporter of wines in the world, and the ninth largest producer. The climate has been described as midway between that of California and France. The most common grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenere.

S. Africa

In keeping with the spirit of renewal in the South African wine industry, 40% of the vineyards in recent years were replanted as the industry realigned its product to compete globally, moving from volume production to noble cultivars and quality wines.

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