Italy & France
FRANCE – the home of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne – is arguably the world's most important wine-producing country. For centuries, it has produced wine in greater quantity – and of reportedly greater quality – than any other nation. Wine is ingrained in French culture at almost every level of society; it is the drink of both the elite and the common people, and a key symbol in Roman Catholicism, France's majority religion.
ITALIAN wines are definitely some of the best to consider. Italy is a wine-making country on par with France and Spain and is famous for having a wide range of grape varieties – nearly 400 in total! This diversity is primarily due to two factors: the varied topography and climate, and the strong identities of each region – Italy was only united as one country in the 19th Century. As well as great diversity, Italy is one of the countries that can claim to produce the "best wines in the world".