Sauvignon Blanc is grown all over the world, but the best areas are Bordeaux and the Loire Valley in France and Marlborough in New Zealand.
Sauvignon Blanc, one of the most popular grapes in the world, originates from Bordeaux and/or the Loire Valley in France.
The name Sauvignon Blanc means "Wild White".
The grape is very aromatic and depending on climate and terroir the primary aromas can change from grassy to tropical.
However, the herbal green character is a common denominator wherever it is grown.
A sensational discovery was made in 1996 at the University of California (UC Davis):
About 600 years ago a new vine was born in a French love affair.
Alias. In 1960`s Robert Mondavi coined the new name Fumé Blanc but did not register it as his own trademark. Fumé (french for smocky) refers to barrel aging and to Pouilly-Fumé. Today Fumé Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc are synonyms in US law and not always oaked.
AOC Sancerre is an appellation in Loire Valley. White Sancerre is 100% Sauvignon Blanc. While red Sancerre is 100% Pinot Noir.
Italian Sauvignon Blanc is known to be light and herbal.
Regions: Friuli and Alto Adige.
Austrian Sauvignon Blanc is known to be aromatic.
New Zealand produces the most popular Sauvignon Blanc in the world.
Australia can produce amazing variations of Sauvignon Blanc.
Regions: Adelaide Hills and Margaret River.
Chilean Sauvignon Blanc displays high acid and citrusy flavors.
South African Sauvignon Blanc is known to be ripe and tropical.
The name Fumé Blanc is only used for American Sauvignon Blanc.
Region: California (Napa and Sonoma).