The finest wines are made from grapes that grow from vines planted in the harshest of soil conditions.
There are over 10,000 different grape varieties, but only a very small percentage are important in the making of wine.
Just 12 varieties, they are almost exclusively French, are used the world over to make the most well known and popular wines.
Despite the domination of Wines from the New World, France still produces the largest amount of fine wine in the world and sends the most to the world too!
Wines from Australia represent the largest volume of imported wine in the UK.
Still more wine facts
The UK is now the largest importer of wine in the World, imports in 2007 topped 1.6bn bottles.
Wine facts in the UK suggests clearly that consumption of wine now averages 28.3 litres per adult drinker per annum - but France is still in the lead with 58.8 litres.
All Armagnac is Brandy, but not all Brandy is Armagnac.
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Prosecco wine facts for you - Fact Number one - this sparking wine takes its name from the grape variety that it is made from, and Fact Number two it can only be legally produced in the Veneto region of northern Italy.
Malbec wine is made from the grape variety of the same name and originated in the Cahors region of France, where it is otherwise known the Cot or Auxerois. It made ‘the black wine of Cahors’ by boiling the grape juice originally to supply dark wine to colour the light wines of Bordeaux [Clairet] in the 1700’s .
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