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World Famous Grapes

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

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.

About Sauvignon Blanc

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.

The Father of Cabernet Sauvignon

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.

With a little help from the wind, and/or perhaps some insects, a spontaneous crossing happened between Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc and the baby Cabernet Sauvignon was born.

Sauvignon Blanc Vinification

Sweet Blend. The mold Botrytis Cinerea is required for the production of sweet wines, such as Sauternes and Barsac, a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.

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.

Confusion. Pouilly-Fumé is a french white wine, from Loire, made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc. It should not be confused with Pouilly-Fuissé , a chardonnay wine from the south of Burgundy (Mâcon).

AOC Sancerre is an appellation in Loire Valley. White Sancerre is 100% Sauvignon Blanc. While red Sancerre is 100% Pinot Noir.

Sauvignon Blanc in Europe

France

France is known to produce the most elegant Sauvignon Blancs in the world.
Regions: Loire Valley (Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé) and Bordeaux (Bordeaux Blanc).

Italy

Italian Sauvignon Blanc is known to be light and herbal.
Regions: Friuli and Alto Adige.

Austria

Austrian Sauvignon Blanc is known to be aromatic.
Region: Steiermark.

New World Sauvignon Blanc

New Zealand

New Zealand produces the most popular Sauvignon Blanc in the world.
Region: Marlborough.

Australia

Australia can produce amazing variations of Sauvignon Blanc.
Regions: Adelaide Hills and Margaret River.

Chilean

Chilean Sauvignon Blanc displays high acid and citrusy flavors.

South Africa

South African Sauvignon Blanc is known to be ripe and tropical.
Region: Stellenbosch.

USA (Fumé Blanc)

The name Fumé Blanc is only used for American Sauvignon Blanc.
Region: California (Napa and Sonoma).