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    The landlocked European country of Switzerland is more than just watches, army knives, banks, and world-class tennis stars: it produces wine, and much extremely fine wine. The Swiss drink a great deal of wine, encompassing nearly all the wine they themselves produce and m

  • World Wine Regions Europe England

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    The English have always taken wine quite seriously, even if they have not been able to grow many vines because of their high latitude and wet rainy climate. Global warming is helping them, however. Growers are choosing their varieties with care, opting for climate-appropr

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    Austrian wine has changed a great deal over the last few decades—for the better. The improvement took place because of a terrible event, the Austrian diethylene glycol wine scandal of 1985. German wine laboratories discovered that some Austrian producers had added d

  • World Wine Regions Europe Luxembourg

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    Wine has been produced in Luxembourg continuously since Roman times. Luxembourg wine production is centered in the country’s southeast, where it is largely in the hands of cooperatives who sell the wine under the name of "Vinsmoselle". The cooperatives operate a spa

  • World Wine Regions Europe Spain

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    The Phoenicians—before the Greeks—brought winemaking to Spain by 1000 BC. Spain has extremely varied climates and terrains, from the arid central plateau, northeast to the sea spray of Rias Baixas in Galicia, south to the sunny climes of Andalucía. Alth

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    Germany has thirteen regions, all closely associated with rivers. Eleven are in the old West Germany, two in the old German Democratic Republic.  German wines are poorly understood. A few key points should clear this up.  For years, oceans of sweet

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    Portugal has lost its fair shares of wars, but one war it has most definitely won: the war against the French grapes. French grapes pushed their international way into Spain, Italy, Germany, Greece—all of Europe, except isolated backward-looking Portugal. As a resul

  • The Wine Regions of Italy

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    Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, a continuous producer of wine for over 2500 years. For years known just for sweet Marsala and Moscato wines, and high volume dry wines both red and white, richly diverse Sicily is making a name for itself

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     Puglia is often called the heel of the Italian boot, but if we take a look we see that this large region is more fittingly called the heel and the spur. North-south oriented Puglia looks out to the Adriatic Sea on its entire eastern length and to th

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    Campania signifies that we are coming to the south of Italy. Centered around the great city of Naples, Campania is Italy’s most densely populated area. Campania’s wine roots pre-date Rome, stretching back to the Greek colonial period, where th