Winemaking is one of the biggest and most lucrative food industry businesses in the world.
Made from fermented grapes, this alcoholic beverage is one of the most beloved drinks in the world. Its presence has been noted in human societies for over 9000 years.
Let’s take a look at the five countries that produce the highest volume of wine on an annual basis.
It probably won’t surprise you that Italy is the world’s top wine producer. Regions such as Tuscany, home of delicious reds, and Veneto, which is where Prosecco comes from.
France comes in at number 2 on the list, just behind Italy. France is known for an array of wine varieties, including the world famous Champagne white grape as well as the reds that come from Bordeaux.
The third highest-producing wine country in the world is another European country. Spanish wine encompasses an array of flavors, ranging from the dry, citrusy whites of the Rias Baixas to the Tempranillo-heavy reds of La Rioja.
The only country in the Western Hemisphere on the list is the United States. 90% of the USA’s wine comes from California, which should be no surprise.
Finally, Australia takes the fifth spot on our list. The only country in the Southern Hemisphere in the top five, the land down under produces more white than red wine, but includes the Shiraz varietal as one of its major successes.