Welcome to the world's best
sparkling wine regions
Expedia ranked the best wine countries you must visit and explore

Travel the world with Expedia and get an education as to the very best wines on offer wherever you visit!

Enjoying wine can be a journey of discovery on its own. Different grapes, vintages and growing conditions can achieve a huge variety of flavours that dance on your taste buds as you savour every sip. Why not make a physical journey to explore different wines where they are made?

By visiting the vineyards and wineries of the world you can hear from the horse's mouth as to what goes into delivering such wonderful flavours from the experts who make them. Over seven days you can get to grips with a specific region; enjoying their local cuisine, sights and sounds as you do to fully appreciate the environment that the wines both come from and complement. Expand your knowledge and focus your travels with an Expedia Wine Tour.

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#1
  9.2 Hectares
  8.5 Production
  6.2 Export
  9.7 Popularity
  9.7 Value & Affordability

France

Pay a visit to the exclusive Champagne region, and see the world’s most famous sparkling wine region first hand.

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#2
  8.1 Hectares
  10.0 Production
  8.9 Export
  0.8 Popularity
  7.1 Value & Affordability

Italy

Explore the historical hills of Italy’s northern vineyards, which supply the world with bubbling glasses of prosecco and Asti spumante.

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#3
  1.1 Hectares
  7.7 Production
  10.0 Export
  0.2 Popularity
  2.6 Value & Affordability

Spain

Tantalise your tastebuds with Cava, Catalonia’s most famous export.

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#4
  5.2 Hectares
  4.7 Production
  1.7 Export
  0.1 Popularity
  6.9 Value & Affordability

USA

Take a trip to California and reap the benefits of those warm Californian rays in more ways than one.

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#5
  10.0 Hectares
  2.2 Production
  0.1 Export
  0.0 Popularity
  0.0 Value & Affordability

China

Discover one of the best-kept secrets of the international wine world with a trip to China.

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#6
  2.5 Hectares
  2.0 Production
  3.5 Export
  0.0 Popularity
  0.0 Value & Affordability

Chile

Discover Chile’s unique geographical conditions that make it a winemaker's paradise.

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#7
  1.7 Hectares
  2.5 Production
  3.0 Export
  0.0 Popularity
  0.0 Value & Affordability

Australia

Head down to the land down under, a growing favourite with food fanatics and wine enthusiasts around the world.

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#8
  1.5 Hectares
  2.1 Production
  1.8 Export
  0.0 Popularity
  1.4 Value & Affordability

South Africa

Uncover the history of South African winemaking and discover that South African sparkling wine is an unsung delicacy.

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#9
  2.6 Hectares
  1.8 Production
  1.1 Export
  0.2 Popularity
  0.0 Value & Affordability

Argentina

It takes two to tango, so grab a friend and discover the rich flavours and proud heritage of Argentinian sparkling wines.

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#10
  1.2 Hectares
  1.8 Production
  1.7 Export
  0.0 Popularity
  0.6 Value & Affordability

Germany

Delve into Germany, where beer and Riesling aren’t the only specialities.

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#11
  1.0 Hectares
  0.3 Production
  0.0 Export
  0.1 Popularity
  0.0 Value & Affordability

Brazil

Explore the Vale dos Vinhedos, or the ‘Valley of the Wineries’ and you won’t be disappointed.

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#12
  0.5 Hectares
  0.6 Production
  0.1 Export
  0.0 Popularity
  0.3 Value & Affordability

New Zealand

Transport yourself to a world of snow-capped mountains, sparkling rivers and even sparklier wines.

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#13
  0.8 Hectares
  0.4 Production
  0.3 Export
  0.0 Popularity
  0.0 Value & Affordability

Hungary

Head back in time and immerse yourself in over 700 years of Hungarian winemaking.

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#14
  0.0 Hectares
  0.0 Production
  0.0 Export
  0.0 Popularity
  0.0 Value & Affordability

England

Surprise yourself with elegant English sparkling wines, whose chalky growing conditions give the Champagne region a run for their money.

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#15
  0.0 Hectares
  0.0 Production
  0.0 Export
  0.0 Popularity
  0.0 Value & Affordability

Wales

Celebrate the resurgence of Welsh winemaking with a trip deep into the valleys.

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Our methodology

To develop our ranking of the world's best sparkling wine regions, we used a combination of data (such as how much wine each region exports) and expert opinion (the judgement of genuine wine drinkers).

Here’s everything we looked at:

Hectares

We started by looking at how many wine-producing hectares each region has, using data from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). This is calculated based on the country's wine production as a whole as the data is not available for all regions to display the breakdown of the grape usage.

Countries Most hectares planted
Argentina 224,000
Australia 148,000
Brazil 85,000
Chile 214,000
China 847,000
England 1,956
France 785,000
Germany 102,543
Hungary 65,049
Italy 690,000
New Zealand 39,000
South Africa 130,000
Spain 97,500
USA 443,000
Wales 48

Production

Next, we looked at how much wine each region produces, again using data from the OIV.

Countries Most volume produced (million hectolitres)
Argentina 9,400,000
Australia 13,000,000
Brazil 1,600,000
Chile 10,100,000
China 11,370,000
England 39,525
France 43,500,000
Germany 9,000,000
Hungary 1,900,000
Italy 50,900,000
New Zealand 3,100,000
South Africa 10,500,000
Spain 39,300,000
USA 23,900,000
Wales 323

Export

Wine exporting is big business, with many wineries depending on good export levels to keep going. This is how much wine each region exports to other countries according to data from the OIV.

Countries Amount of all Wine Exported (in hectolitres)
Argentina 2,600,000
Australia 7,000,000
Brazil 27,000
Chile 8,000,000
China 270,000
England 984
France 14,300,000
Germany 3,900,000
Hungary 630,000
Italy 20,400,000
New Zealand 190,000
South Africa 4,200,000
Spain 23,000,000
USA 4,000,000
Wales 984

Popularity

Today, the reputation of a wine can be earned and made online. To look at the popularity of each region’s wines, we looked at genuine user review ratings from wine community Vivino - these are the opinions of true wine aficionados.

Value & Affordability

Will some wine drinkers can afford to splash the cash a little, the vast majority like to keep an eye on their spending. That’s why we factored in the value and affordability of each region’s grapes. To help us, we looked at how wines have been ranked by Paste Magazine.

Our final step was to assign each region a maximum of ten points for each criteria (with ten being the best), depending on how well it performed against each of the five benchmarks. This enabled us to develop our definitive ranking of the world’s best wine regions.

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