Wine Growing Regions

Across the wine world, different regions are known for producing different grapes and subsequently different styles of wine.

The distinction between Old World wine regions and New World wine regions is particularly important: as a sweeping generalization, Old World regions are known for producing wines that are more austere and terroir-driven, while New World regions are known for producing wines with greater intensity. For example, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in France will likely produce wines marked by earthiness and subtle fruit flavors, while Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in California will likely produce wines that are more fruit-forward.

But different wine regions are also often associated with the production of different grapes. For example, within France, Bordeaux is associated with red wines made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc grapes, while Burgundy is associated with red wines made from the Pinot Noir grape.

There are many notable wine regions around the world. Take the Loire Valley, a well known wine region in central France that spans 300 miles. In Spain, you can find the La Rioja wine region, an autonomous community located in the north of the Iberian Peninsula. In New Zealand, there is the Waitaki Valley, a small wine region in North Otago on the east coast of the South Island. There is also Central Otago, the world's southern-most commercial wine growing region. Also in New Zealand you can find Hawkes Bay which not only is the second largest wine region in New Zealand but also the oldest. Not too far away is Yarra Valley in Australia, just 90 kilometers east of Melbourne. You can also find Mclaren Vale, Australia's premium food and wine region located in the town of McLaren. Zooming over to North America, you can find the Paso Robles wine region located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. In Northern California, Sonoma County houses well over 400 wineries. Then there is Willamette Valley, home to two-thirds of Oregon's wineries and vineyards. There is also Mendoza Argentinas, considered to be Argentina's most important wine region.

The list of major wine regions only goes on from there. There is the Douro Valley wine producing region in Northern Portugal. There are also famous wine regions in Santa Barbara, North Canterbury, British Columbia (where you can find Okanagan Valley), South Australia, Cape Town, and Russian River Valley.

Wine production is big business, and there are plenty of wine growing regions around the world to meet global and local demand. On a side note, Napa Valley is recommended if you're looking for some of the best wine tours in the United States!

Use this page to find top-rated wines from wine regions throughout the world and learn about each region's wine-making profile.

Across the wine world, different regions are known for both producing different grapes and different styles of wine.

The distinction between Old World wine regions and New World wine regions is particularly important: as a sweeping generalization, Old World regions are known for producing wines that are more austere and terroir driven, while New World regions are known for producing wines with greater intensity. For example, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in France will likely produce wines marked by earthiness and subtle fruit flavors, while Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in California will likely produce wines that are more fruit-forward.

But different wine regions are also often associated with the production of different grapes. For example, within France, Bordeaux is associated with red wines made primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc grapes, while Burgundy is associated with red wines made from the Pinot Noir grape. Use this page to find top-rated wines from wine regions throughout the world and learn about each region’s wine-making profile.

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