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This comprehensive collection of guides to the wine regions of the world is enough to launch any newcomer to wine on a sea of delight. You can read in detail or just check out the summaries at the top of each article.  The beautiful images used to illustrate  this section are part of the collection of the wine specialist photography source www.cephas.com, mainly the work of the talented photographer Mick Rock.

Argentina


Australia
Australia: introduction
New South Wales
Queensland
South Australia
Tasmania
Victoria
Western Australia

Austria (see also Understanding Austrian labels)

Brazil

Bulgaria

Canada

Chile

Cyprus

France
France: introduction (see also Understanding French labels)
Alsace
Beaujolais
Bordeaux
Burgundy
Chablis
Champagne (see also Understanding champagne labels)
Corsica
Côte Chalonnaise
Côte d'Or
Languedoc
Loire
Mâconnais
Provence
Rhône
Northern Rhône
Southern Rhône
Roussillon
Savoie and Jura
South West France
Vin de Pays

Georgia

Germany
Germany: introduction (see also Understanding German labels)
Ahr
Baden
Franken
Mittelrhein
Mosel
Nahe
Pfalz
Rheingau
Rheinhessen
Sachsen and Saale Unstrut
Württemberg

Greece

Hungary

India

Israel

Italy
Italy: introduction (see also Understanding Italian labels)
Abbruzi and Molise
Basilicata
Calabria
Campania
Emilia-Romagna
Friuli
Lazio
Liguria
Lombardia
Marche
Piemonte
Puglia
Sardinia
Sicily
Trentino-Alto Adige
Tuscany
Umbria
Valle d'Aosta
Veneto

Japan

Lebanon

Mexico

Moldova

Morocco

North America
USA: introduction
New York
Oregon
Washington
California

New Zealand


Portugal (see also Understanding Portuguese labels)
Madeira
Port

Romania

Slovenia

South Africa (see also Understanding South African labels)

Spain
Spain: introduction (see also Understanding Spanish labels)
Central and Southern Spain
North East Spain
North West Spain
Ribera del Duero
Rioja
Sherry

Switzerland

Turkey

UK

Ukraine

Uruguay



In a nutshell : Vertiginous slopes and fine, racy, underpriced Rieslings at all sweetness levels. Main grape : Riesling (white). The vines which grow on the banks of the Mosel (Moselle in French) and its tributaries the Saar and the Ruwer constitute Germany's third biggest. More...
In the 1950s North Africa was one of the most important sources of wine for European consumption, when French blending vats depended heavily on the deep, heady reds produced in colonial Algeria. Today, wine production along the North African coast is plummeting as the influence of Islam. More...
In a nutshell : Right climate, lots of vines. Main grapes : International mix. The independent state of Moldova was the first member of the ex Soviet Union to establish any sort of reputation as a wine producer abroad, with wine accounting for a quarter of. More...
Mexico is basically a beer- and spirit-drinking country but wine is at long last starting to make its presence felt – which is as it should be since Mexico was the first New World country to produce wine, in the 1530s. The problem with many potential vineyard locations is a surfeit of heat,. More...
The latitudes of the Lebanon on the eastern Mediterranean coast may seem too low for high-quality wine production, but the Bekaa Valley on an inland plateau as high as England’s tallest mountains eases the temperatures considerably and can yield some very exciting red wines. Chateau Musar is the. More...
Like many Chinese vine growers, Japan’s wine producers have to cope with summer monsoons. In some cases bunches may even be individually protected from the rain, such is the level of care taken to produce Japan’s most prestigious bottles. The wine industry of Japan has a long history. More...
A quiet revolution has been taking place in the cellars and vineyards of Israel, where demand for local wine is unfortunately so enthusiastic that the wines seem unreasonably expensive if they manage to reach export markets. For some time the Golan Heights winery's Yarden wines were the. More...
As India’s middle class has burgeoned, so have the country’s vineyards, even if punitive taxes, a complex distribution system and an extremely embryonic wine culture do little to help the Indian wine lover. Many vines are harvested more than once a year according to the dictates of. More...
Hungary In a nutshell : Some fiery whites and some good value, plus the historic sweet white of Tokaj. Main grapes : Furmint, Hárslevely, Leányka and many more (WHITE), K/ekfrankos (Blaufrankisch) plus the usual international mix (RED). Like all wine-producing. More...
In a nutshell: Distinctive indigenous varieties with great potential but hard to sell outside Greece. Main grapes : Assyrtiko, Rhoditis, Muscat, Saviatiano, Moscophilero (white); Xynomavro, Agiorgitiko, Limnio (red). Largely unobserved by the rest of the world, Greece has been. More...
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