You might have guessed that traveling around the world to most of the wine regions requires a lot of planning and research! In order to pull together all our databases and articles, I research on-location by interviewing producers from the very vineyard. However I also do extensive research on with wine production information / statistics before traveling. In the hope that this might help with some of your own wine adventuring (or studying for your WSET Diploma or MW), here is a list of some of the resources I have found most useful so far:
The International Organisation of Vine and Wine: useful statistics on global wine production
Wine Institute: California-based and US-centric but with a collection of global statistics too
Instituto Nacional de Vitivinicultura: The regulatory body for Argentina. Has the most up-to-date statistics.
The Squeeze Magazine: English-language wine and travel publication with wine & winery guide for Argentina.
Wines of Argentina: The trade marketing body.
Wines of Bolivia: Marketing body with useful statistics and winery guide.
Wines of Brasil: Trade body with useful statistics and winery guide
British Columbia Grapegrowers’ Association: Some free statistics, most require membership.
Wines of Canada: Modern website with overview of main wine regions.
Wine Marketing Association of Ontario: Excellent site with information on Ontario’s wine regions.
Wines of BC: Marketing website for BC wine regions with guides.
VQA Ontario: VQA regulations, wines and wineries in Ontario.
The Squeeze Magazine: English-language wine and travel publication with wine & winery guide for Chile.
Wines of Chile: The trade marketing body. Statistics on request.
Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Association: Tourism board for wine region.
Oregon Wine Board: Promotional body for Oregon’s wine regions and tourism.
Oregon Wine Country: Promotional body for Willamette and Oregon.
Willamette Valley Wine: Willamette Valley promotional body with statistics.
Wine Institute: California promotional body with some national and global statistics.
Bourgogne Wines: Promoting body for wine region with information on wines and Burgundy AOCs.
Chablis Wines: Educational and tourism site on the wines and regions of Chablis.
Italian Trade Agency: Overarching government body monitoring all national trade, including wine.
Instituto da Vinha e do Vinho: National regulatory body for wine production with annual statistics.
Cava DO: Official website for the Consejo Regulador de Cava. Good info on Cava DO and Cava Paraje Calificado.
Sherry.Wine: Great website with information on Sherry and the region of Jerez.
Swiss Wine: Official portal for the Swiss wine association with information on Swiss wine producers and regions.
Swiss Fine Wine: Great website on the producers in Switzerland with info on the grapes and regions.
Asia & Australasia
I will continue to update this list as we travel Around the World in 80 Harvests, but please do send any suggestions here!