Alsace wine is produced in the Alsace region in France and is primarily white. Because of its Germanic influence, it is the only Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée region in France to produce mostly varietal wines, typically from similar grape varieties to those used in German wine. Along with Austria and Germany, it produces some of the most noted dry Rieslings in the world as well as highly aromatic Gewürztraminer wines. Wines are produced under three different AOCs: Alsace AOC for white, rosé and red wines, Alsace Grand Cru AOC for white wines from certain classified vineyards and Crémant d'Alsace AOC for sparkling wines.
Located on the northern end of New Zealand's South Island, Marlborough was sheep-grazing country until 1973, when the first vineyards were planted in the area. In less than two decades, Marlborough transformed itself into New Zealand's premier wine region, thanks to the distinctive flavors and high quality of its sauvignon blanc wines. Today, over 85 percent of New Zealand's sauvignon blanc grapes are grown in Marlborough, and Marlborough wine growers account for more than half of the country's wine grapes, according to New Zealand Winegrowers Vineyard Surveys. There is a very simple explanation for this astounding growth – Marlborough's climate and terroirs are perfect for growing cool-season wine grapes, particularly sauvignon blanc.