While France and Italy compete for the title of the top wine producing nation, they are also reducing wine production every year. France has lowered its production by 11% since 2007. This reduction has had a direct implication on the prices of their top wines. The demand for French wines is increasing rapidly, predominantly due to Asia’s interest. Coupled with lowered production levels, we are expecting the value of top Bordeaux to continue to increase.


Italy may be second to France, but there is a growing trend in both countries to remove vineyards. Italy has reduced their production by at least 7% since 2007. There are around 350 official Italian wine varieties. Of those there are 3 major regions that produce the most high quality drinking wines and they are: Veneto, Tuscany and Piedmont.


Australia relies primarily on the wine export market. Since the US dollar has weakened, Australia is expanding their wine marketing in Hong Kong and Asia. Australian wines are fruitier and as a result more palatable for the Asian Markets. Australian wines can be consumed earlier than their European cousins. As a result supply and demand kicks in far sooner. Australian wines are produced in fewer quantities resulting in shorter term hold periods.


90% of wine from the United States is Californian. America’s reputation may be founded on the global fame of the Napa Valley but the U.S. is home to countless lesser-known regions which produce world-class wines such as Oregon and New York.