Interesting Wine Facts

Did you know that it takes 600-800 grapes to make a bottle of wine…or that there are 49 million bubbles in a bottle of Champagne…or that 60 countries produce wine? Born about 6,000 B.C. in what is now the country of Georgia, wine is now a global beverage, with Italy, France, Spain, and the United States as the largest producers, together accounting for more than 50% of world’s total production. Wine is fascinating in many ways—as a farm product, economic engine, unique beverage, and consumer product. Here is a small sampling of fun facts about the magic of wine. Do your own searches and share them with friends. World Wine Facts 6,000 B.C.:  Approximate origin of wine in what is now Georgia, followed by Persia (now Iran) in 5000, Armenia in 4100 and Sicily in 4000 60: Number of countries which produce wine, with 28 producing 85% of all wine 50: Member countries in OIV (International Organization of Vine and Wine), with the United States not a member but Texas Department of Agriculture as a non-voting Observer 30 to 50: Latitude degrees in both the northern and southern hemispheres within which grapes are grown (e.g., temperate climates) 18,181,433: Number of acres of vineyard, with 49% for wine, 43% fresh table grapes, and more»