Surprising Wine Facts

As many of you know I am preparing for a wine & spirits exam in two days. I keep coming across surprising facts that other wine enthusiasts might be interested in. In case you didn’t already know…

1. 95% of wine produced in the U.S. comes from California
2. Airén is the most widely planted grape in the world. It is only found in Spain and is used for fortifying wine. (Sherry, Marsala and Brandy)
3. Spain has the largest amount of land planted with grapes for wine production
4. Italy is the largest producer of wine in the world
5. Italian wine is the #1 imported wine into the U.S.
6. Germany has the highest amount of QWPSR wine (90%) compared with France (54%) and Italy (15%)
7. In Europe, the variety named on the label needs to be at least 85% of the wine, in California it is 75%
8. Languedoc is the highest producer of wine in France
9. Romania is the fifth largest producer of wine in Europe
10. 25% of wine produced does not use a cork
11. Vodka can be made from any grain or vegetable (wheat, rye, grapes, potatoes, oats, any vegetable)
12. Madeira is virtually indestructible and can be left open indefinitely without spoiling
13. Argentina produces the most wine in South America
14. Chianti is Italy’s most exported wine
15. Chardonnay is the world’s favorite wine and is the second most widely-planted grape variety after Airén
16. The Mosel is considered the #1 worldwide in terms of area devoted to Riesling vines (over 5,000 hectares), although it is the third largest in Germany in terms of production
17. Chile is considered one of the most perfect places in the world to grow wine. In its favor, Chile has the right climate for grape growing, natural irrigation due to the snow melt from the Andes, it’s soil is suitable for most grape varieties, as well as a flat valley floor, hence the ability to machine harvest. Because it is phylloxera-free, it has the ability to plant ungrafted vines, making it less expensive to produce wine than other regions
18. South Australia is the only part of Australia that is phylloxera-free
19. 95% of Australia’s wine production comes from a zone named “South Eastern Australia” (An area of production that includes parts of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria)
20. A good rémeur can turn (riddle) up to 40,000 bottles of Champagne a day

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One Comment on “Surprising Wine Facts”

  1. alean October 13, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

    i love to have wine after seeing this site

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