Top 10 Wine Selling Countries


1
France
Winery in  Eguishem, France
Winery in Eguishem, France
Hemera/Thinkstock

France does for wine what diamonds do for a girl's complexion. A bottle of French wine served on a special occasion whispers elegance, self-assurance and refinement. It may be an accident of geography, a climatic miracle and an almost compulsive attention to detail that's brought France to the position of premier wine producer in the world. With more than 17.5 percent of world production, whatever the French are doing, they're doing it very well. Per capita, the French consume five times more wine than folks in the U.S., so they know their wines inside and out.

Let's part company with a brief list of French winemaking regions that reads like a travel brochure. If this doesn't make you thirsty for a glass of French wine in a charming bistro, nothing will: Bordeaux, Margaux, Medoc, Beaujolais, St. Julien, Pauillac, Sauternes, Burgundy, Chablis and Champagne.

Related Articles

Sources

  • Artisan and Vine. "Top 10 Wine Producing Countries 2010." 4/20/10. (6/19/11) http://artisanandvine.blogspot.com/2010/04/wine-facts-top-10-wine-producing.html
  • Cannavan, Tom. "Portugal." Wine Pages. (6/19/11). http://www.wine-pages.com/resources/portexp.htm
  • Clarke, Oz. "The Essential Wine Book." Fireside Books. 2001.
  • Maps of the World. "Top 10 Wine Producer Countries." 2005. (6/19/11). http://www.mapsofworld.com/world-top-ten/world-top-ten-wine-producer-countries.html
  • McCarthy, Ed & Mary Ewing-Mulligan. "Wine for Dummies." IDG Books Worldwide. 1998.
  • Wine Institute. "World Wine Production by Country - 2009." Trade Data and Analysis. (6/19/11). http://www.wineinstitute.org/files/WorldWineProductionbyCountry.pdf
  • Zraly, Kevin. "Windows on the World - Complete Wine Course." Sterling Publishing. 2008.

UP NEXT

Tiny Traces of Fukushima Found in Limited California Wines

Tiny Traces of Fukushima Found in Limited California Wines

The 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident caused a measurable but harmless increase in the levels of a radioactive isotope in a few bottles of California wine.


More to Explore