Do you know which are the most common grape varieties in the world?
The most famous and widely cultivated grape varieties in the world (the so-called "international grape varieties") are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Syrah for the reds; and Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Muscat and Riesling for the whites.
Do you know which civilisations were the first to produce wine?
The oldest traces of vines being cultivated were found on the banks of the Caspian Sea and in Eastern Turkey. The first documents on the subject of vine cultivation date back to 1700 BC, but it was only with the Ancient Egyptians that vines were systematically cultivated and consequently wine production developed. Production increased further under the Roman Empire when wine became a popular drink.
Do you know where the word "wine" comes from?
Wine derives from the Sanscript word "vena" which means "to love"; Venus, the name of the goddess of love, comes from the same roots.
Champagne sales down for 2012.
Big in Japan: Belle Epoque
A poor November saw sales down year on year by between 6% and 7%, and overall sales during the year are expected to be between 312m and 314m bottles, 3% down.