When you think of wine regions, well-known countries come to mind – France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, an
d South Africa. But there are some other countries who are giving these more established areas a run for their money!
While Moldova is Europe’s poorest nation, it is very rich in fertile soil, almost black due to the many nutrients it contains. Moldova is also home to one of largest wine cellars in the world. Crivoca Winery holds approximately 1.3 million bottles of wine!
This very small island has the honour of producing the only French wines in the southern hemisphere. Réunion produces wine from the Cilaos region, and produces many varietals such as Pinot Noir, Malbec, Gamay, Chenin, Verdelho, and rosé.
Canada has had a big impact on the wine world through one category specifically – ice wine. Ice wines are typically made from Riesling, Cabernet Franc, and Vidal.
Brazil – with its Portuguese heritage and wine-producing neighbours (Chile, Argentina and Uruguay) – surprisingly produces a fairly small amount of wine. They are looking to change that, though, and want to increase their exports of their red, white, sweet, rosé, and sparkling wines.
With its cold winters and brief, wet summers, Denmark might seem the last place to grow good-quality wines. It is surprising then to see that Denmark has more than 80 vineyards! These vineyards are scattered across the country and include varietals such as Castel, Regent, Rondo, and Leon Millot for the reds, and Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Solaris, and Silvaner for the whites.
Koshu is a grape unique to Japan, which is used to make a wine by the same name. It is a white, sweet wine that was reviled for many years by the Western connoisseurs. It has since found its place at upmarket tasting bars worldwide.