Mark Aselstine
 
January 24, 2013 | Mark Aselstine

The World's Top Wine-Producing Regions Revisited

The top wine-producing regions of the world are dependent on certain people's tastes and experiences. However, a select few locations across the globe are well-renowned for their deliciously delicate selection of wineries and vineyards. The impact that these regions have on both the economy and culture of a nation cannot be understated and the following regions are rich in everything, from colours and tastes to business and real estate.

Napa Valley

Napa Valley, situated in the state of California, is perhaps the most famed region in the world. It's almost attained legendary status and is known best for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Its quaint setting is enveloped by looming mountains and the 30-mile region contains hundreds of wine producers, up and down its lands, from small to large. For those visiting the state, it's also a very popular tourist attraction.

Stellenbosch

For those who wish for something a little more exotic than to enjoy a bottle of premium Tesco wine, Stellenbosch is perhaps South Africa's stand-out region. Its products are of the highest quality and its laid-back attitude makes it the perfect holiday for budding tourists as well. It is known primarily for its production of Merlot and Shiraz and the region is comfortably close to Cape Town, perfect for those relaxed summer visits.

Mendoza

Mendoza is an Argentinean region and has the benefit of being backed up by the Andes. The wineries found here produce two-thirds of the output found in the country and are famed for their expertise when it comes to the fine tastes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Chardonnay. Its consistency has aided Argentina in becoming one of the fastest growing wine regions on the planet and has resulted in a significant economic growth.

Bordeaux

France's Bordeaux is incredibly well-regarded in the UK, most likely due to its convenient proximity. The collection of wineries found here are world-renowned and are simply the best you'll find. From Merlot to Cabernet Franc, the strong-tasting grapes are matured into something sophisticated and elegant, summing the region up suitably. The markets in the area are just as popular with tourists, creating an experience and an atmosphere that will be cherished for a long time.

Tuscany

Italy gets itself on the board with the charming region of Tuscany. It shares its title as 'Best in Europe' with Bordeaux and deserves its coveted reputation. The Chianti, renowned as the true epitome of fine Italian wine and referenced eerily in The Silence Of The Lambs, is found in this region and the small farms that are found dotted around the land speak of a relaxed yet dedicated workforce.

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