Cabernet Sauvignon Now World’s Most Planted Grape
on 08/01/14 at 4:52 pmWine
Cabernet Sauvignon is the world’s most widely planted grape variety, a recent study from the University of Adelaide has found.
Since 1990 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot have more than doubled their share of hectares under vine, making them the top two cultivated varieties in the world.
In the same period, Tempranillo and Chardonnay have more than trebled their areas of cultivation to move into fourth and fifth place, while Syrah has jumped from 35th place to sixth and Garnacha has slid from second to seventh place.
The study, funded by the Grape and Wine Research Development Corporation, spans 44 different wine producing countries, 521 wine regions and 1,271 different grape varieties.
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“In the wake of wine’s globalisation, producers need to exploit their geographical and varietal distinctiveness in order to boost their competitiveness.
“This database offers transparency across the world’s wine varieties and regions,” co-author of the study, Kym Anderson of the University of Adelaide School of Economics, said.
The database also reveals insights into changing trends in consumer behaviour.