ABC of grape varieties
The world’s top 5 grape varietiesTo kick off we present 5 varieties that are internationally among the most popular and well-known, but of course there are also many more that are major-league players in the world of wine. Cabernet Sauvignon is currently one of the most famous and important grape varieties. It is used to produce dark red wines, either as single varietals or in blends. Originally from Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon is now grown all over the world – for example in Chile, California and South Africa. Brimming with tannins, Cabernet Sauvignon wines are dry yet intensely fruity.Shiraz – better known as Syrah in Europe – is another major red wine grape. Thanks to its intense, bittersweet and peppery berrylike flavours, wines produced from this grape are highly distinctive. The Shiraz grape originated in France’s Rhône Valley.Every fan of red wine will surely have tasted a Merlot at some point – a wine favoured by aficionados and wine-newbies alike. Wines vinified from Merlot grapes tend to be lower in acidity and therefore not bitter. Merlot is grown everywhere in the world and produces mouth-filling red wines.When it comes to white wines, Chardonnay is one of the most famous. This variety tends to polarize opinion, however. You may have heard of the wine buff’s expression “ABC” – “Anything But Chardonnay”. Yet the Chardonnay grape is actually very versatile. It typically has a soft and slightly nutty flavour.Sauvignon blanc enjoys an excellent reputation in the realm of white wines – it is popular the world over and has become particularly fashionable again in recent years. Its grassy citrus aromas make the taste of Sauvignon blanc unmistakable.