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Top 10 Wine Selling Countries

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Famous for its fortified wines like Madeira and Port, Portugal's topography provides enormous diversity and a varied wine industry. From the harsh weather extremes on the challenging terraces of the upper Douro Valley to the cool breezes along Portugal's long coastline, this country's history of winemaking goes back to Roman times and includes the development of many grape varieties grown nowhere else on Earth.

Portugal also has numerous local red wines or Vinho de Mesa (table wine) and Vinho Regional (VR - regional wine) that have never been marketed commercially. In 2009, Portugal was responsible for a little less than 2.5 percent of all wine produced globally.