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Wines of the World – A Sequel Challenge

Yesterday I posted about the challenge of trying the wines from all 50 states in US and visiting wineries in those 50 states. One of the comments had a suggestion – how about the wines of the world? Really, how about it?

It is not that simple even to create the list of wine-producing countries of the world. Considering that the wine is at its peak of popularity, many countries are entering the winemaking arena. Yes, of course, there is a core of the wine-producing countries – about ten or so – but based on the data in Wikipedia (which also differs between different articles), about 60 countries produce the wines in the world today, give or take a few.

I wanted to find a good map to illustrate the wineries concentration around the world, but that didn’t happen, so here is the map of the winemaking areas according to the Wikipedia article:

Map of wine making areas in the world

Source: Wikipedia

Now, how many of you tried the wine from Algeria or Thailand (well, I know that Oliver did)? I’m sure those are not easy to find in your local wine boutique. I would argue that the typical [good] wine store in US would have the wines from about 15 countries; some of the best stores will probably account for about 20 at a time. Thus if you really want to try the wines from many different countries, you will have to make an effort.

Is that a worthwhile effort? That is strictly a personal question. I’m genuinely curious how the different wines taste like, so I’m excited to try the wines pretty much from anywhere. Should you expect to find great wines? You definitely will – I had many mind-blowing wines from Serbia, Croatia, Lebanon, Israel, Georgia and other lesser known wine-making countries. Of course you will encounter a lot of plonk along the way, that is also given.  So, should you take upon this challenge? I can’t answer that question – as I said, this is strictly driven by the personal interest, so you be the judge.

If you are curious where do you stand now, use this word document to track your progress. As a reference, I can tell you that at this point, I tasted wines from 36 different countries out of 58 listed in the document, and visited wineries in 6 (yeah, need to travel more…). What would be your score?

Below is the table showing my exact list of wines and wineries per country.Challenge yourself! Cheers!

Country Tasted Wine Visited Winery Comment
Argentina Y
Australia Y
Austria Y
Bulgaria Y
Canada Y Y
Chile Y
Croatia Y
Czech Republic Y
France Y
Georgia Y
Germany Y
Greece Y
Hungary Y
Israel Y Y
Italy Y Y
Lebanon Y
Macedonia Y
Mexico Y
Moldova Y
Montenegro Y
New Zealand Y
Portugal Y Y
Romania Y
Russia Y
San Marino Y
Serbia Y
Slovenia Y
Slovakia Y
South Africa Y
Spain Y
Switzerland Y Y
Turkey Y
Ukraine Y
United Kingdom Y
United States Y Y
Uruguay Y
Total: 58 36 6
  1. August 16, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Wow, love this. I am going to save it and work on it. I actually had wine from Malta, while I was there I never saw a winery or any vineyards I honestly thought it was probably bottled there and imported from Italy but I guess they do make it there. Great idea Anatoli and I am impressed that you have tasted wines from 36 countries. I really need to visit more wineries, I really want to do Long Island.

    • talkavino
      August 16, 2014 at 9:29 pm

      I think this is fun! My number of countries is quite high because I participate in the Wine Century club, where you really have to look for obscure grapes from the lesser known countries…

      Anyway, sit down and see what you count is – I’m sure it fill be a fun memory exercise…

  2. August 18, 2014 at 7:43 am

    We’re trying to get through as many countries as we can with #newwinethisweek – I think we’re up to 16 countries now!

    • talkavino
      August 18, 2014 at 8:27 am

      I’m following #NWTW, even though not participating 🙂 16 countries is good!

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