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20 biggest wine-producing places in the world

Last updated on: April 15, 2013 07:37 IST

20 biggest wine-producing places in the world

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Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented grapes or other fruits. The natural chemical balance of grapes lets them ferment without the addition of sugars, acids, enzymes, water, or other nutrients. Yeast consumes the sugars in the grapes and converts them into alcohol.

Let's take a look at some of the biggest wine-producing countries.

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Image: Traditional fiascos (bottles) of chianti wine are seen at the L'e'Maiala restaurant in Florence, Italy.
Photographs: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

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Italy

Annual production: 4,580,000 metric tonnes

Global rank: 1

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Image: An aerial view of St Peter's Square in Rome, Italy.
Photographs: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
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France

Annual production: 4,541,820 metric tonnes

Global rank: 2

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Image: Cars make their way on the Champs Elysees avenue, past the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France.
Photographs: Christian Hartmann/Reuters
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Spain

Annual production: 3,610,000 metric tonnes

Global rank: 3

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Image: A view of Agbar Tower in Barcelona, Spain.
Photographs: Albert Gea/Reuters
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The United States

Annual production: 2,211,300 metric tonnes

Global rank: 4

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Image: Tourits gather in Times Square in New York, United States.
Photographs: Charles Platiau/Reuters

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China

Annual production: 1,657,500 metric tonnes

Global rank: 5

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Image: An aerial view shows vehicles travelling on intersections at night in downtown Shanghai, China.
Photographs: Aly Song/Reuters
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Argentina

Annual production: 1,625,080 metric tonnes

Global rank: 6

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Image: Overview of Buenos Aires' 9 de Julio Avenue with the Obelisk in the background in Argentina.
Photographs: Enrique Marcarian/Reuters
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Australia

Annual production: 1,133,860 metric tonnes

Global rank: 7

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Image: A catamaran leaves the central business district, with the Sydney Opera House in the background, in Australia.
Photographs: Daniel Munoz/Reuters
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South Africa

Annual production: 921,700 metric tonnes

Global rank: 8

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Image: Cityscape of Johannesburg in South Africa.
Photographs: Euroluftbild.de/Reuters

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Chile

Annual production: 915,238 metric tonnes

Global rank: 9

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Image: A view of Santiago City in Chile.
Photographs: Victor Ruiz Caballero/Reuters
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Germany

Annual production: 720,000 metric tonnes

Global rank: 10

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Image: An aerial view of the Sony Center and the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Germany.
Photographs: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
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Romania

Annual production: 610,000 metric tonnes

Global rank: 11

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Image: View of the Casa Poporului or House of the People, now the Parliament Palace, in downtown Bucharest, Romania.
Photographs: Bogdan Cristel/Reuters
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Portugal

Annual production: 587,200 metric tonnes

Global rank: 12

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Image: A view of the Lisbon's subway station in Portugal.
Photographs: Jose Manuel Ribeiro/Reuters
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Russia

Annual production: 500,000 metric tonnes

Global rank: 13

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Image: A view of Moscow's Kremlin, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Moscow City business district in Russia.
Photographs: Anton Golubev/Reuters
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Brazil

Annual production: 362,200 metric tonnes

Global rank: 14

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Image: A view of Refice in northeast Brazil.
Photographs: Bruno Domingos/Reuters
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Greece

Annual production: 303,000 metric tonnes

Global rank: 15

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Image: Tourists sit on a hill overlooking Athens outside the archaeological site of the Acropolis in Greece.
Photographs: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters
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Ukraine

Annual production: 238,500 metric tonnes

Global rank: 16

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Image: A view of the Independence Square in central Kiev, Ukraine.
Photographs: Gleb Garanich/Reuters
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Serbia

Annual production: 238,233 metric tonnes

Global rank: 17

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Image: A view of the Parliament building in Belgrade, Serbia.
Photographs: Marko Djurica/Reuters
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New Zealand

Annual production: 189,800 metric tonnes

Global rank: 18

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Image: A view of Auckland City from atop the Sky Tower in New Zealand.
Photographs: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters
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Austria

Annual production: 176,745 metric tonnes

Global rank: 19

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Image: Ducks swim in a pond in front of the Upper Belvedere, a palace, in Vienna, Austria.
Photographs: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters
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Hungary

Annual production: 175,526 metric tonnes

Global rank: 20


Image: Cruise ships float on the Danube river in central Budapest, Hungary.
Photographs: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters
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