While they are the 5th largest wine producer in the world, Argentina only began exporting in the 1990’s and is now the largest wine exporter in South America. It’s wines continue to grow in popularity.
There are many different varieties of grapes cultivated in Argentina, reflecting her many immigrant groups. The French brought Malbec, which makes most of Argentina’s best known wines.
Torrontes is another typically Argentine grape. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Chardonnay and other international varieties are becoming more widely planted.
The 4th largest wine exporter in the world, Australia produces wine in every state. However, its wine regions are mainly located in the southern, cooler parts of the country. Being such a large country with most every climate and soil type, Australia is one of the few wine producers to make every one of the major wine styles. Major varieties are Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Semillon, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.
Italy is the second largest wine producer after France, and in 2008 the country surpassed France for the title of the world’s biggest producer for the first time in a decade. Italy’s glowing reputation with wine is due not only to the fact that it produces more than any other country but that it offers the greatest variety of wine types, ranging through nearly every color, flavor and style imaginable.