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Countries that Produce the Most Wine

We have a list of the top 20 countries in terms of wine production. How many can you name?
2018 production in metric tons. Source.
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Last updated: February 25, 2021
First submittedMarch 19, 2012
Times taken136,047
Average score80.0%
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Metric Tons
Country
5,415 k
Italy
4,889 k
France
4,440 k
Spain
2,384 k
United States
1,922 k
China
1,452 k
Argentina
1,290 k
Chile
Metric Tons
Country
1,285 k
Australia
950 k
South Africa
633 k
Germany
588 k
Portugal
428 k
Russia
390 k
Brazil
355 k
Hungary
Metric Tons
Country
302 k
New Zealand
300 k
Greece
222 k
Austria
178 k
Moldova
126 k
Romania
117 k
Bulgaria
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Level 36
Mar 28, 2012
Cool quiz. I got all except south africa, serbia, and ukraine
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Level 20
Jan 28, 2014
dammit! missed argentina, brazil, chile. running out of time, i looked at the list and started randomly guessing european countries. since i love tennis, as you know if you know my user name, i correctly guessed serbia: djokovic and ukraine(my favorite player): dolgopolov. go 9 year old! ( that would be me)
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Level 84
Sep 27, 2014
They say much worse things than that. How old are you?
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Level 27
Aug 27, 2018
I turned 15 yesterday.
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Level 84
Jul 20, 2019
I forget what I was responding to. I think someone commented that he wasn't aware that 9 year olds said "dammit"
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Level 49
Nov 26, 2018
Ukraine isn't on the list Brickster.
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Level 72
Apr 9, 2020
List changes.
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Level 69
Feb 9, 2022
It isn't, no. But it was.
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Level 20
Nov 24, 2022
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Level 46
Mar 28, 2012
20/20 and I know absolutely nothing about wine. Just named countries which seemed like good guesses.
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Level 75
Mar 11, 2021
*good glasses
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Level 78
Mar 28, 2012
Cool! I got all but Hungary...so close!
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Level 85
Feb 25, 2021
You never heard of Bull's Blood wine from Hungary? (Actually, I don't think any bulls are actually bled to make the wine.)
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Level 49
Mar 2, 2021
I can understand that we forgot Moldova, Romania and Bulgaria. I guess their wines are still drank in the former "eastern block", and nowhere else.

But Hungary? Come on! A true land of wine!

You never heard of tokai?

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Level 44
Apr 1, 2012
fackwacker , well that makes sense considering Canada doesn't do a lot of grape growing...
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Level 40
Dec 29, 2012
Serbia? Oh dang!
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Level 48
Feb 26, 2013
YAY! 90% on this quiz :) missed out on Serbia and Romania. Good to see, my country, Australia there :D
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Level 32
Jul 11, 2013
forgot australia, new zealand, and romania :(
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Level 20
Feb 9, 2014
Missed South Africa, Romania, Ukraine & Serbia. Not bad anyway
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Level 31
Apr 3, 2014
oops. Missed Italy!
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Level 37
Apr 24, 2014
Argentina makes more wine than China!!
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Level 81
May 12, 2014
Major headdesk! I forgot about Australia!
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Level 44
Jul 31, 2014
Great quiz!
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Level 49
Sep 7, 2014
Some surprising data! Why not trying this one: http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/106634/top-world-cork-producers
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Level 61
Sep 27, 2014
I missed South Africa, Brazil, Austria, and Ukraine. Not bad since I don't really drink wine.
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Level 44
Sep 27, 2014
I'm an idiot for missing Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and i cant believe that i missed Hungary, i tried every European country, just not Hungary.

I got Serbia, because i live there ;)

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Level 57
Jun 7, 2020
Haha. Eurocrem... of course you live there
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Level 56
Sep 27, 2014
Missed Germany and Portugal. That is me being an idiot. Missed Argentina. That is me typing EVERY OTHER COUNTRY IN SOUTH AMERICA! The right name just never popped into my head, other than Chile whiich I knew.
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Level 84
Sep 27, 2014
20/20. Serbia and Ukraine were tricky, I just tried every european country and finally got them but... On the other hand, South Africa, Australia, Argentina were pretty obvious. I thought Japan would be on the list but maybe it's too cold there ?
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Level 72
Sep 27, 2014
Yay! Got them all from the first try and with a 1:04 left.
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Level 41
Mar 1, 2021
Everyone is happy for you, Maya.
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Level 30
Sep 27, 2014
Great quiz! How could I miss Austria? I grew up just next door in Bavaria, Germany ...
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Level 44
Sep 27, 2014
Why is wine production measured by weight and not by volume? And who is weighing this wine? I imagine if you asked any winery how much wine they made last year they would tell you in volume.
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Level 66
Sep 28, 2014
19/20. Missed Hungary.
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Level 49
Nov 24, 2014
Why not trying mine about the top beer producing countries?
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Level 41
Mar 1, 2021
they did already an alcohol alreadu
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Level 63
Jan 30, 2015
Damn. Missed Chile and Brazil. Should have known.
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Level 66
Apr 5, 2015
I am surprised Israel is not on the list....
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Level 84
Jun 10, 2015
Though they grow a lot of wine in Israel, it is a tiny country. It's a lot more surprising to me that Georgia doesn't make it. I thought for sure they would at least edge out Hungary or Serbia.
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Level 80
Aug 3, 2018
Lots of high mountains, so a large part of Georgia is unsuitable for wine production.
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Level 49
Jun 21, 2015
Where's Somalia and Cape Verde?
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Level 81
Nov 22, 2015
In Africa.
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Level 41
Mar 1, 2021
uH
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Level 65
Jul 12, 2015
Missed South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand

*FACEPALM*

Why do I miss such obvious countries..........

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Level 67
Aug 6, 2016
How did I miss Spain!!
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Level 31
Apr 16, 2017
I missed USA... also serbia and bulgaria, but come on!
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Level 65
Jan 7, 2016
Mexico produce the best wine in the American continent and also has the oldest wine factory in the Americas in the town of Parral, Coahuila. Interesting fact ;)
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Level 89
Jan 25, 2016
I'll take you at your word about the oldest "wine factory". But the first part of your statement is definitely not a fact - it's your opinion.
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Level 63
Feb 15, 2016
Took ages to get Ukraine but eventually got them all.
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Level 47
Mar 29, 2016
20/20 with a lot of guessing!
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Level 61
Mar 29, 2016
Missed Russia because I was at 19/20 and thought I'd already guessed it...
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Level 65
Mar 30, 2016
Same :)
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Level 44
Mar 29, 2016
Got all of em with 0:20 left!
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Level 63
Mar 29, 2016
Since last year, Spain is the biggest producer of wine, so this list needs to be updated since it's from 2013.
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Level ∞
Mar 29, 2016
Source?
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Level 65
Mar 29, 2016
Romania isn't here anymore. On Wikipedia, it still is. What's going on here?
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Level 68
Mar 29, 2016
why isn't romania here i'm 100% it's on this list
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Level 37
Mar 29, 2016
What is the source? Because Argentina is the 5th producer of wine, Spain is 3rd and USA 4th. And Italy dominates the ranking actually.
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Level 68
Apr 2, 2016
How on Earth did I miss the US? Ha! Shows where my mind leans to.
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Level 36
Apr 4, 2016
Wow... No Romania?
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Level 68
Aug 11, 2016
Nice quiz, but really outdated. I'm not sure Ukraine is still up there
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Level 46
Oct 13, 2016
Noone else is surprised Iran is not on the list?
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Level 48
Jul 15, 2017
No.
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Level 50
Dec 30, 2019
Don't forget many muslims do not consume alcohol.
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Level 71
Mar 1, 2021
Heard of Shiraz wine? Iranian christians and zoroastrians are allowed to brew wine for cultural reasons
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Level 53
Jun 17, 2020
I expected to see Iran too, although I'm not quite sure why
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Level 71
Aug 2, 2017
Surprisingly UK wine growing is really booming. I believe over a million more vines are going in this year and the production last year was almost 5 million litres.
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Level 67
Nov 10, 2020
Maybe they aren't legally allowed to call it "wine"?
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Level 29
Aug 2, 2017
Got them all with 48secs to go. Surprised Japan not in there but I guess it was grape wine only ? I am in NZ and would have thought that NZ ranked higher than that.
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Level 89
Jul 11, 2018
So I guess Moldova has overtaken Ukraine in wine production since the quiz was originally published. Moldova, hmm.
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Level 73
Jul 11, 2018
I know, right? That's the only one I missed. And I was guessing all around the Eastern Europe, too. Ukraine, Romania, even Belarus. But didn't even bother with Moldova. *sigh*
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Level 80
Aug 3, 2018
In ex-USSR Moldovan wine is the most famous after Georgian.
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Level 73
Aug 27, 2018
Yup. Tried Georgia too.
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Level 46
Sep 10, 2018
I also had Georgia on my mind. Surprised not to see it there instead of Moldova.
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Level 44
Aug 29, 2018
NOOO, I guessed Romania, then i was about to guess Moldova, but I ran out of time, I am soo mad right now. Ahhhhhh!!
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Level 77
Sep 10, 2018
I've never liked wine. To me it tastes like fermented grape juice. :)
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Level 89
Sep 10, 2018
I see what you did there.
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Level 87
Nov 17, 2022
I like it more than I like beer but it's still not something I'd enjoy drinking.
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Level 62
Sep 10, 2018
100%!!! YES!
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Level 73
Oct 17, 2018
I couldn't believe Moldova went through. Always nice when you get a surprise answer.
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Level 48
Oct 2, 2018
I was trying to find a better, more recent source, but I couldn't. Bulgaria would be in the TOP 20 in 2018.
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Level 67
Nov 26, 2018
Is this only grapewine then?
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Level 67
Jan 20, 2019
Otherwise it isnt wine right..
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Level 64
Feb 27, 2019
Ever heard of mead? Honey-wine. Or sake? Rice wine.
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Level 53
Jun 17, 2020
I think "mead wine" is a phrase used by people who don't know what mead is. But rice wine is definitely a thing.
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Level 53
Dec 17, 2018
Stereotypes galore. XD
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Level 67
Jan 20, 2019
This quiz could benefit from having the answers divided per continent
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Level 28
Jan 24, 2019
2019, I'mma drink one bottle from each country on this list.

I know the local store has French, Italian, Spanish, Argentinian, Chilean, New Zealand, Australian, Croatian, South African, and Greek wine, I've had all of those. But it's gonna be a struggle finding the rest, I might have to get them to order for me.

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Level 83
Feb 3, 2020
Great idea. I've tried a lot of these, though not all. Don't hold out high hopes for Chinese wine - from what I've tried it is, charitably speaking, not great. Great Wall was the most common label. It was, at least, better than the local wine I tried in Vietnam. I mainly subsist on southern hemisphere wines, living in Australia, so despite the volume of production in Europe and the US, those are pretty rare for me. NZ pinots (Central Otago) and sauv blancs (Marlborough) are big here, as well as local shiraz, cab sav and sauv blanc - particularly from the Barossa Valley region in South Australia and also the Margaret River over in Western Australia. Argentine and Chilean wines are widely available, but variety is lacking. Lots of Concha y Toro and other export oriented-oriented brands, rather than the more interesting stuff you'd find in the Elqui Valley or around Mendoza, which has a great variety of delicious Malbecs.
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Level 67
Nov 10, 2020
I'm French, and it's actually not easy at all to find foreign wine here - I'm guessing both because of chauvinism, and because France does objectively produce a lot of really good wine in all price ranges, so it's hard for other wines to compete when you factor in transportation. Also, many countries, especially from the Southern hemisphere that make great wine don't really export it to France - so whatever little we do get is usually not great. I've heard that it's similar with whisky in Scotland - it's obviously the best place to get amazing scotch, but if you want a greater variety of whikies from around the world, you're better off buying it in England or France! Anyway, it sucks that you can't get your hand on a lot of European wines. We have some awesome stuff - and not just in France and Italy! I'm personnally partial to some German whites and Greek reds!
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Level 74
Feb 9, 2022
Mainly due to politics/protectionism, it is very hard to get any decent quantity of ag produce into the EU for non-members
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Level 83
Feb 3, 2020
Moldova got me. I know they're fond of their wine and I guessed neighbouring Romania, but I just assumed they'd be too small to make the list.
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Level 75
Mar 11, 2021
Same. Silly us.
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Level 47
Mar 8, 2020
Finished with 1 second left.
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Level 30
Aug 17, 2020
Missed greece.
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Level 67
Nov 10, 2020
I find Greek wines to be really underappreciated. First, for such a small country, I find that they have an amazing range of grapes and methods. Also, there's just something about the warm climate, the arid and very mineral soil, that makes for a lot of character. They've been making wine for millenia there, so there's bound to be some knowledge and expertise! Anyway, if you can get your hand on the stuff, do try it!
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Level 77
Feb 28, 2021
Might have something to do with the spread. I have rarely seen Greek wine anywhere (outside Greece) and the only two I have tried had tar or resin or something like that mixed in there. It's, you could say, an acquired taste.
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Level 67
Mar 1, 2021
Yes, if it was white, that was probably restina ! Definitely an acquired taste. I personnally love it - tastes like summer in the Greek islands to me! Luckily, if you don't like it (which I totally understand), there are a lot of other options to try! If you like sweet wines, maybe try to find a Mavrodaphni, or a sweet white from Samos. Otherwise, Cretan reds are generally a safe bet.
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Level 92
Feb 9, 2022
I think resin was originally used to seal the barrels so the wine wouldn't leak out... and it is definitely an acquired taste, and perhaps hard to acquire.

But... there are a lot of really good Greek wines (without resin).

I'm a fan of Boutari, mostly because I absolutely love Santorini.

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Level ∞
Feb 25, 2021
It is weird that I get excited when the FAO updates its statistics?
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Level 75
Feb 25, 2021
Nope. I do as well. What is a statistician to do if he doesn't have any statistics?
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Level 67
Mar 1, 2021
Yes. Very weird.
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Level 55
Mar 1, 2021
I don't know how in the hell Moldova produces more wine than Romania. It's much smaller, 1/6th the population, and situated more north. So basically I'm telling you I missed Moldova. Also missed New Zealand, which there's no excuse for. It's kind of refreshing to see China not at the #1 spot (or even in the top 5) for production of something for once.
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Level 73
Mar 1, 2021
they don't produce much else other than wine
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Level 61
Mar 1, 2021
China is #5 though
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Level 57
Mar 1, 2021
Great quiz! How many countries' wines have you enjoyed? It seems the traditional European wine countries' brands dominate here - in Finland, with some exceptions.
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Level 45
Mar 1, 2021
Huh the Eastern European ones surprised me, they're much more well known for good vodka or Slivovitz brandy. Interesting quiz!
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Level 65
Mar 3, 2021
It would be interesting to see amount of wine produced per area.
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Level 36
Mar 30, 2021
I'm 12 and I got 16! Pretty happy with that. I missed only Hungary, Moldova, Austria and Greece. Not sure how I missed the latter.
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Level 72
Jun 26, 2021
I have a complaint, not a biggie but nevertheless...

When a source is listed in the description, it's a tad annoying when it's just the word "Source" with a hyperlink. Much more useful would be to actually use the name of the source as the hyperlink text.

It would look more professional, too.

👍🏻

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Level 55
Feb 4, 2022
Most are easy to guess if you like wine and know some of the best known producing countries. Most others are somewhere around them.

Only Moldova took me by surprise

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Level 53
Apr 21, 2022
I would look at Chinese wine)
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Level 70
Nov 17, 2022
Living surrounded by vineyards and knowing how much we drink, it is craty to think that Moldova is making more wine than we do in Switzerland. I guess we are really that small