Wine regions are important to understand, if only at a very basic level. Different wine regions, even within the same country, can craft a completely different taste and aroma profile due to the differences in the local climate or the growing environment.
The first level of understanding is of course the country. Beneath this we have wine regions and typically within a region, there will be an appellation. Each region will have a style of wine, and an appellation will enforce specific requirements of a wine, typically to ensure quality and consistency.
Understanding this at a basic level will help you as a consumer to choose a wine that is good for you. It will also avoid the frustrations of buying a wine because it had a grape type that you recognised, tasting completely different to what you expected. Grape type alone will never define a wine. You have to consider the region that it was produced in and additionally the quality and standards of the producer.You can read about each wine region as you browse through our products, however, here’s a quick guide to our top 3 wine regions for wines imported in to China.
Italian Wine Regions
Italy’s twenty wine regions correspond to the twenty administrative regions of the country.
Understanding the differences between these regions is very helpful in understanding the different types of Italian wine.
Wine in Italy tends to reflect the local cuisine. Regional cuisine also influences the wine.
French Wine Regions
Probably one of the most well known wine producing countries in the world, France. France is normally associated with the very best of wines with regions such as Bordeaux and Burgundy being some of the wine regions that most people would think of. Combined with Champagne, which is arguably considered to be the best sparkling wine in the world, and France really does earn it’s place in the hearts of many wine lovers.
Spainish Wine Regions
Spain has over 2.9 million acres (over 1.17 million hectares) planted—making it the most widely planted wine producing nation in the world. However, in wine volume, it’s not the biggest producer. This is due in part to very low yields from widely spaced old vines on dry and infertile soils in many spanish wine regions.
The country is in the top 10 in worldwide consumptions with Spaniards drinking, on average, 21.6 litres (5.706 US gal) per person a year.
The country has an abundance of native grape varieties, with over 400 varieties planted throughout Spain though 80 percent of the country’s wine production is from only 20 grapes.