Chateau Cornwall? Top emerging wine regions

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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - Wines from the "New World," that once were the main challengers to "Old World" wines, are now having to contend with rivals too, as more nations win recognition for their wine production.

Men's website has compiled a list of the top 7 emerging wine regions, as a new generation of winemakers educated globally return to their home countries to build or revive a wine industry and with global warming changing growing conditions.

This list is not endorsed by Reuters.

1. Switzerland

One of the world's great wine-producing secrets, only 1 percent of wines produced in Switzerland ever make it out of the country. Many of its very palatable wines draw on the influences of France, Germany and Italy which share its borders. The best wines come from the region of The Valais, with delicious white wines made from the Chasselas grape.

2. Ukraine

The wines of the Crimea region were much prized by Catherine II, and Ukraine was the largest supplier of wines to the USSR. Later, it faced severe challenges from Soviet attempts to reduce alcohol consumption, which led to the destruction of many vineyards. Now, wines from Ukraine are on the up with bright, sweet sparkling wines from Pinot Blanc and Aligote grapes being particularly popular. 3. Romania

Like Greece, Romania has a history of producing wines going back nearly 3,000 years. It may surprise people to know that it remains one of the largest producers of wine in the world, putting out over 500,000 tons a year. The main wine regions are to be found in Cotnari, Tarnave, Murfatlar, and Dealu Mare. Although many of the native varieties of grapes were destroyed by disease, modern production of wines which use more well-known grapes are well worth seeking out.

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<p>Winegrower Christian Humm loads fresh-cut grapes into steel barrels for transport in a vineyard of Swiss wine maker Zweifel during sunny autumn weather near the village of Regensberg west of Zurich October 20, 2008. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann</p>