The world's wine production has been around for many millennia, but in modern times, more than half the world’s wine is produced by Italy, France, Spain, and the United States. And while these four are the world’s leaders in wine production, new countries are popping up on the radar for their wine production and the high quality of wines produced. Take a look at the top wine-producing countries in the world.
Combine a long history of wine-making, along with an ideal climate and over a million vineyards, Italy takes its wine seriously, and you can see why this country takes the top spot as the world’s wine producer. The country produces one-quarter of global production, and their vineyards have over 500 grape varieties and produced both red and white wines.
France is second close to Italy in wine production. Like many countries, it has seen a decrease in wine production before 2018 due to climate change. Nevertheless, France is well-known for its top-quality wines.
Although Spain is Europe's largest area under grape cultivation, it doesn’t produce as much wine. Despite that, Spanish wines are still famous for their taste and are beloved by the Spanish since the wine costs low and domestic consumption rates are high.
Nearly all states in the United States produce wine, but 90% of these are produced by California, which, on its own alone, makes the fourth-largest wine producer in the world! Winemaking has been around for only a few centuries in American history. Wines produced here and in any non-European countries are what they call New World wines.
Every state in Australia produced wine, though most of its vineyards are situated in the south. Because of its variety in terroir (differences in climate, soil, and topography), the wines produced in this country are unique to each region.
Other countries include Argentina, China, South Africa, Chile, and Germany.