What are the Wine Characteristics Around the World?

by Amy Norman

The combination of soil, climate, different grapes, and methods of cultivation used the vineyard are what the characteristics of fine wines depend on. Wine growers are constantly striving to produce award-winning wines by utilizing new and proven growing methods to get the best characteristics.

Some important characteristics that are considered during wine judging include bouquet, acidity, body, crispness and sweetness. Wines from the most advantageous location are usually the ones with the most desirable characteristics.

Topping the list of wines with the most appreciated characteristics is Italy. The region of Tuscany is especially renowned as producing excellent wines. A combination of location and the ancient culture used to produce the wine is thought to be the key to their quality of excellence.

Excellent wines are also produced in France and they're also known worldwide for their consistency. Champagne, Provence, Bordeaux, and Burgundy are among the few top regions for growing wines in France.

Each region has its own style of wine and each bases its reputation on the style and quality of their wines. The methods of production is how the quality of French wine is determined and they're used to ensure the characteristics that made French wine distinguishable.

A surge in production of quality wines in countries such as Australia, Argentina and the USA has been built largely by the countries investing highly in the study of all aspects of wine making - from growing to bottling.

While judging the desirable characteristics of wine is complex and confusing, most wine aficionados agree that the variety of the grape is a key factor. Considered to be a positive characteristic is the flavor of the grape used in a specific wine and it's labeled as "varietal character" by the wine judges.

Used to describe a wine's characteristics is an entire language of wine. When heard for the first time, the language seems to have a poetic quality about it, but in reality it helps wine lovers, judges and growers communicate with each other.

Full-bodied, robust, and aromatic are words that are elementary to a wine enthusiast. Sampling wines from around the world and trying to see if you're able to match the characteristics is the fun in discovering various wine characteristics.

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