If you are a wine lover and you like to be well informed so you can discuss it at social gatherings with like-minded people, then read our list of 10 most sold bottles of wine.
It is often said that wine gets better with age, and we can agree on this despite the fact we are not wine connoisseurs. With its lovely color and high elegant glasses, wine has been one of our favorite drinks for thousands of years. Wine is often used in religious rituals, it is present at every party or wedding reception, and it is usually a kind of drink we can find in our kitchens. Who doesn`t like to pour themselves a glass of refreshing red wine after a hard day at work on a Friday night? But, except the relaxing part, it is believed that wine has many health benefits, too. This is why numerous studies have been conducted in order to determine whether this is true or not. The studies usually referred to red wine, but recently there are studies which involve white wine, as well. Researchers agree that moderate wine consumption can bring some health benefits, according to Medical News Today.
The term moderate is debatable since women absorb alcohol more quickly than men. Health benefits of drinking wine include reducing the risk of depression, preventing colon cancer and breast cancer, anti-aging, and preventing dementia. Thanks to resveratrol, a compound found in red grape skins, wine can help slow the aging process down and possibly help us live longer. Except for the mentioned benefits, wine is also believed to help with severe sunburns and reduce the effect of UV light. Preventing blinding diseases is another benefit of drinking wine due to the fact that wine prevents the growth of blood vessels in the eye that causes blindness.
Ever since it originated, wine has become an obsession for humankind. Wine is so enjoyable that it even inspired a science concerning wine and wine making which is called enology. The Ancient Romans with their wine would definitely be on this list of most sold bottles of wine if we were making it like 2000 years ago. Nevertheless, they had a major role in the wine history because they drank it daily and considered it a necessity, so it became a usual thing to drink during the day, and wine was available to everyone, both the rich and the slaves. The Romans dedicated their time to wine production throughout the Empire. Since then, the wine producing has spread so much that today we have numerous types of wine, but the most important division is to red wine, white wine, and rosé. Red wines are made from black grapes, where the color is obtained from the skins of the grapes. White wine is made from white grapes, but the color is slightly yellow, and not exactly white, while rosé is also made of red grapes, but absorbing just a little bit of color in order to stay pale red, pink or peach colored, depending on the type of wine. Apart from these three types of wines, there are also sparkling wines, which are very popular and which contain carbon dioxide that makes them bubbly. The most well-known example of a sparkling wine is champagne, which is made in France, in the Champagne region.
Wine is a perfect drink during a meal, and nowadays everyone can afford a bottle of wine from the supermarket since the selection is wide and the prices can be very affordable depending on the brand. Those with a more sophisticated taste in wines choose more expensive, older wines with a name. After all, it is not the price of wine that is the most important, but the way in which we enjoy wine. All in all, winemakers strive to improve their products more and more, so there is a great number of wines to soothe everyone`s taste and the fact is we spend lots of money on wine every year. If you are interested in knowing more about varieties of quality kosher wine then read our list of Most Expensive Kosher Wine in the World.
French and Italian consumers used to drink the most wine per year, but recently the situation started changing, so they cut back on wine while the popularity of wine grew within the American consumers as they started drinking more wine than before, which resulted with American brands being now more present on the top brand lists and slowly starting to dominate the market. In order to find the most sold bottles of wine, we have searched the Internet, compared lists of best-selling bottles of wine in the past several years and voila – a list of 10 most sold bottles of wine.
10. Finca Bella Vista
Finca Bella Vista 2010 is one of the most sold bottles of wine, produced by winemakers from Argentina, a company called Achaval Ferrer. It is produced from very old vines based in a place called Perdriel. The wine is carefully cultivated and allowed to age in French barrels made of oak. You can enjoy a bottle of this excellent 2010 blend for an average price of $91.
9. Brunello Di Montalcino
Next on our list of 10 most sold bottles of wine is Brunello di Montalcino 2007, a red Italian wine produced in the surroundings of the city of Montalcino. The company`s owners are siblings Paolo and Lucia who carefully cultivate the vines, harvest them, and allow them to ferment in stainless steel vats. They use Slavonian oak for the aging process. The average price for a bottle of Brunello di Montalcino finest wine is $49.
8. Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Beringer
This is a very old wine and a very popular one. It is produced in Knights Valley, near the Napa Valley, and the reason why it’s on our list of most sold bottles of wine is because of of their variety from 2009. This wine is also on the list of top 10 wines of 2016 as wells as 2015, according to The Drinks Business and Top 101 News. An average price for a 2009 Beringer is about $55.
7. Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
The story behind Willamette Valley wine is an American brand that was started in 1996. The owner, Dick Shea, was previously selling his quality grapes from Willamette Valley to top producers in the country when he finally dared to start a brand of his own. The most sold variety of this brand is the one from 2009. This wine is a little less expensive than the previous two, so a bottle of Willamette Valley Pinot Noir will cost you around $26, which makes it affordable to a greater number of people who enjoy an occasional glass of wine after a hard day at work.
6. St.Julien, 2009
The next wine on our list comes from France. The brand originated from 1836 when Leoville Barton started making his wines, but it was later improved and is now famous for a blend of wines which is fermented in wooden vats and then allowed to age in oak barrels. The best-selling variety is from 2009. St.Julien is a slightly more expensive blend of wines which can cost you up to $129, but the quality of Chateau Leoville Barton wines is undoubtful.
5. Sauternes, 2009, Chateau Guiraud
Sauternes is another French wine on our list, and it is made of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The vineyards are located in the Sauternes region in Bordeaux. It is a sweet wine great for serving with dessert, and the most popular and best-selling blend is the 2009 variety. You can enjoy a bottle of the exquisite Sauternes 2009 blend for an average price of $70.
4. Chateauneuf du Pape, 2010
Also a French wine, Chateauneuf Clos des Papes is produced in Southern Rhone. Paul Avril, the owner of the state, started producing and selling wine in 1896 and they are dedicated to producing red wines. Clos des Papes are one of the finest wines in the region. The most sold bottle is a blend of Grenache, the most planted vine, Syrah, a dark-skinned grape and one of the most successful varieties, and Mourvedre vines where the Grenache vines dominate, and the latter two make only 20% together. Under $100, Chateauneuf du Pape is a moderately expensive bottle of wine with a long history and excellent taste.
3. Two Hands, Bella’s Garden, 2010
The third place on our list is occupied by Bella’s garden wine which is produced in the Barossa Valley located in South Australia. This valley is an important wine producing region and a home to some of the oldest vineyards in Australia. The most sold bottle, the 2010 Two Hands variety, is rich in aroma, especially plums and blackberries, which makes it sweet and tasty thus difficult to say no to. This popular wine will cost you around $70 per bottle, which is the average price for this wine.
2. Gigondas, 2010
The Chateau de St. Cosme wine brand is owned by the Barruol family, and the wine is cultivated in vineyards surrounding the castle. The estate is around 37 acres big, and the vines are very old, around 60 years on average. The wine produced is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. The first one dominates with 60%, while the other two around 20% each. The Gigondas 2010 blend is not an expensive bottle of wine. On average, a bottle of this wine will cost you around $33, which makes a great combination of fine taste and affordable price.
1. Relentless Napa Valley, 2008
The first on our list of 10 most sold bottles of wine is the Relentless, a product of Shafer Vineyards. This excellent wine is a blend of Syrah and Petite Syrah. The winemakers use French barrels to let the wine age for 30 months, and the result is a dense, silky texture which makes the wine so famous and elite. Being an elite brand, the price is reasonably higher so a bottle of Relentless from Nappa Valley can cost around $162.