This is a list of non-subscription sources of information that I think are worth sharing.


Generic wine



Eastern Europe


  • Cru Bourgeois – tells the history, with the 1932 and 2003 classification lists.
  • FIVS – Paris-based global beverage organisation, with some useful reports in the public domain eg global sparkling wine report 2014.
  • Alsace, with individual grand cru sheets eg Rangen.
  • Alsace wine guide
  • Burgundy Wine Board (BIVB).
  • Costieres de Nimes (AOC), Gard, along with Lirac and Tavel.
  • Cotes de Gascogne still wines, the production area is coterminous with that of AOC Armagnac.
  • INAO, short for Institut National de l’Origine et de la Qualité, on 01/01/2007 it replaced 2 bodies – the Commission Nationale des Labels et Certifications, and the Institut National des Appellations d Origine (INAO); with the acronym INAO being retained.  Drill down to specific appellations, some entries are short.
  • Languedoc (AOC), official site, with lists of appellations eg AOC La Clape, denominations eg AOC Languedoc-Sommieres, and other info.
  • Le Figaro Vin
  • Loire Valley wines [0]
  • Loire Valley wines [1]
  • Rhone Valley wines, includes soil cross-sections.
  • South-west France, A-Z denominations, comprehensive info.





New Zealand





Sparkling wine

Fortified wine

  • Madeira – covers viticulture, vinification and IVBAM.
  • Port – useful, covers IVDP, superficial compared to the Sherry site
  • Rutherglen Muscats – good source.
  • Sherry – everything you need, to understand Sherry, including definitive tasting notes, and explanation of the Consejo Regulador and legal structure.


Updated: 24/04/17

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