Wine-wise, what do Canada, Hungary, and South Africa have in common?

A. Their wine industries were all once dominated by large co-operatives

B. More white wine than red is produced in each place

C. They are all producers of famous sweet wines

D. They are all considered New World wine regions


Some of the most luscious sweet wines in the world come from these three countries. Canada is famous for its ice wine, which, like eiswein from Austria and Germany, must be made from grapes frozen naturally on the vine. Hungary is the home of Tokaji Aszú, the first sweet wine in the world made from botrytized grapes. (In this, Hungary predates Sauternes by roughly two centuries). And South Africa is renowned for Constantia, first made in the late 1600s in the Coastal Region near Cape Town. Canadian ice wine is made from a variety of grapes, but ice wines made from Riesling and Vidal are especially prized. Tokaji Aszú is made primarily from the Hungarian grape Furmint. And Constantia is made from Muscat de Frontignan.

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