Sauvignon blanc around the world
Globally, Sauvignon blanc is the second most important white wine grape
. Its success story, which began as an accidental crossing and initially centred on western France, has chapters yet unwritten. More and more wine regions on all continents are attracted by the intense fresh personality and fine aromatic qualities of Sauvignon blanc. Plantings of the Sauvignon blanc grape variety have risen threefold within a very short space of time.
French Sauvignon blanc wines
The classic wines of this variety are to be found along the Loire, more specifically in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé – zingy, fresh white wines with a characteristic aroma and a smoky note. The flint soils here (known as silex soils) provide the ideal growing conditions. These dry single-varietal white wines are best drunk young. Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé
are considered to be the best growing areas. Other highly recommended appellations can be found in Bordeaux, Touraine, Languedoc-Roussillon and Provence.The pearls among the Sémillon blends
include the Graves and Sauternes wines produced in the vineyards of Bordeaux. Sémillon is used as a blending grape here to smooth out the edges of Sauvignon. These Bordeaux wines are therefore more supple.
Italian Sauvignon blanc wines
In Italy the best Sauvignons are produced in the Friuli wine region
in the northeast of the country. They are especially light and fruity and prove that Sauvignon blanc deserves to be classified as a noble grape variety. Among others, Italy’s top wines include the appellations (DOC) Carso, Collo di Parma and Friuli Aquileia.