• The Wine Regions of Italy

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    Umbria is Italy’s only region that does not border either a foreign country or a sea. This is the heart of Italy, a country of rolling hills among craggier heights. Long a second fiddle to the vinous magnificence of its Tuscan neighbor to the west, Umbria has in rec

  • World Wine Regions Asia Japan

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    Take the humidity and temperature extremes of the US east coast, the similar difficulties of China’s east coast, and add a few typhoons, score the country with crags and precipitous mountains, and you get Japan—veritably a terrible place to try to grow Europea

  • World Wine Regions Asia China

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    Wine consumption is on the rise in China to such an extent that the market for top quality Bordeaux classed growths is going through the ceiling. Not content with buying all the imported wine they can get their hands on, the newly affluent Chinese are planting many a vine

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    The oldest evidence of human winemaking comes to us from the country of Georgia and dates to about 6,000 BC. Eight thousand years later, Georgia has a healthy wine industry and claims to be “The Cradle of Wine.” Wine permeates every branch of human activity in

  • World Wine Regions Asia India

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    India’s large and expanding middle class, combined with high taxes on wine imports, have acted as a real impetus for the Indian wine industry. In 2001, Mumbai’s state of Maharashtra created financial incentives for wine investment, and now pro

  • World Wine Regions The Middle East Israel

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    The wines of the Bible, if they survived the expulsion of the Jews from Israel at all, did not survive the Arab conquest of the seventh century. In the late 19th century Jewish French Baron Edmond de Rothschild, owner Château Lafite-Rothschild, began importing Frenc

  • World Wine Regions The Middle East Lebanon

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    One fortunate thing happened to Lebanon after the breakup of the Ottoman Empire with its defeat in the First World War. A League of Nations mandate gave administration of the country to France, so the influence of that wine arbiter is strong. A fifth of the Lebanese popul

  • World Wine Regions Europe Cyprus

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    Recent archaeological evidence suggests that winemaking on the island of Cyprus dates back to 3500 BC, more than 5500 years ago. A mere thousand years ago the island’s sweet wine Commandaria had a reputation second to none in Europe. Winemaking declined with the Ott

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    Greece, as we have mentioned, has been producing wine for a long time, but in some way, it has not. It was only in the 1980s that Greece began to modernize its wine industry. Greek growers and enologists trained in places as diverse as Bordeaux or Napa, bringing back expe

  • World Wine Regions Europe Moldova

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    Moldova won its independence with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Its people are ethnically similar to the nearby Romanians. Wine has been a significant part of Moldovan culture for many centuries. The Moldovan economy relies heavily on wine exports to a number of c

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    As our map shows, most of Bulgaria is wine country. The country has a continental climate, with hot summers (somewhat mitigated by the Black Sea to the east and the Danube River to the north). In the latter part of the communist era, from the 1960s to the 1980s, Bulgaria

  • World Wine Regions Europe Romania

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    Romania has a romance language, deep connections with France, and a wine culture that dates back to the Romans from which the country’s language, and name, derives. Although on the same latitudes as France, one cannot stretch the parallels too far. The Romanian clim

  • World Wine Regions Europe Macedonia

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    The geographic region called Macedonia stretches over northern Greece, part of Bulgaria, and the present-day landlocked country of Macedonia, which occupies the region’s northern third. The Republic of Macedonia is inhabited by a majority of Macedonians, who speak a

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    The horrible 1992-1995 war in Bosnia-Herzegovina damaged much of the region’s viticulture and it still has not recovered. The Neretva Valley/Mostar region is the most important production region. Slightly more than half of all plantings are white gr

  • World Wine Regions Europe Serbia and Kosovo

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    Wine in Serbia goes back to Roman time, but the twentieth century saw the near total destruction of Serbia’s grapevines. First came the devastation of phylloxera, then two world wars, the post-war era of communist collectivization of agriculture in Yugoslavia, and f

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    An ex-Yugoslav republic on the Adriatic coast across from Italy’s Puglia, Montenegro is dry and mountainous, with a Mediterranean climate. Vines grow at up to 2000 feet above sea level. Its two regions are the Lake Skadar Region and the Coas

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    The Dinaric Alps split Croatia into two widely different wine regions, both producing primarily white grapes. The interior region, with its continental climate, is home to the Slavonian oak forest, used for wine aging barrels as an alternative to both Fre

  • World Wine Regions Europe Slovakia

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    Slovakia produces its wine along most of its southern border with Austria and Hungary.  The Malokarpatská, “Lesser Carpathian” wine region, is in the west. Veltlínske Zelenéis is the most grown

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    The Czech Republic is better known for beer than wine. Some wine is made in the western area of Bohemia, but 95% of wine production takes place in the southwest, Moravia, adjacent to the Austrian wine producing region of Niederösterreich. &nbs

  • Europe Hungary

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    Ask most wine drinkers what they know about Hungary, and the answer will likely be two wines: Tokaji and Bull’s Blood. These two wines sit at opposite extremes of quality and price. Tokaji Aszú, from the northeast of Hungary, is the formidabl