You are using an old browser that may not function as expected.
For a better, safer browsing experience, please upgrade your browser.

Log in Become a Member


Term (ancient Greek trópoi hēliou = solstice areas) for the geographical area between the two tropics of Cancer at plus 23° and 27' north latitude and Capricorn at minus 23° and 27' south latitude, where the sun is at its zenith at noon on the respective solstice. The subtropics follow polewards.

Karte der tropischen Klimazonen der Erde


Countries (or parts of countries) belonging to the tropics or periphery are Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, India, Indonesia (on Bali), Cape Verde, Kenya, Colombia, Cuba, Laos, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, the Philippines, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Tahiti (Rangiroa), Thailand, Uganda and Venezuela in Zimbabwe. In some countries there are two harvests a year (Brazil, India, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, Tahiti, Uganda, Venezuela), in some even three (Ecuador, Indonesia). The term New Latitude Wines, first used in 2003, applies to some of these countries.

Voices of our members

Dominik Trick

The wein.plus encyclopaedia is a comprehensive, well-researched reference work. Available anytime and anywhere, it has become an indispensable part of teaching, used by students and myself alike. Highly recommended!

Dominik Trick
Technischer Lehrer, staatl. geprüfter Sommelier, Hotelfachschule Heidelberg

The world's largest Lexicon of wine terms.

26,403 Keywords · 47,036 Synonyms · 5,323 Translations · 31,737 Pronunciations · 205,264 Cross-references
made with by our author Norbert F. J. Tischelmayer. About the Lexicon