W. Europe

W. Europe

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

Europe is the most famous continent in the world for wine production. Not only does Europe have the longest history of winemaking, but the countries of Europe produce some of the finest wines in the world.

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,

German wine is primarily produced in the west, and many of the best vineyards cling to steep, south-facing slopes along the river valleys of the Rhine and Mosel and the Mosel's Saar andRuwer tributaries, with the oldest plantations going back to the Roman era.

Most experts agree, France produces the most "Fine Wine" of any country on earth. Centuries of experience have honed winemaking into firmly rooted traditions that are admired and emulated around the world.