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Wine Tourism, Old World Wines, Europe

A long history has shaped the European wine industry, and hence wine tourism in the continent. The impact of that history is outlined in this entry to give a context for the current provision of wine tourism in Europe, together with the structural and cultural issues that have developed and shape that provision—including the political and administrative constraints. There is also an overview of wine tourism in the five most highly reputed wine-producing countries: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Portugal.

Context of Wine Tourism in Europe

Europe has been the center for world wine production for over 2000 years. Although increasingly this hegemony is being challenged, nevertheless France in particular, as well as Italy and, to a lesser extent Germany, Spain, and Portugal are seen as home ...

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