Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot top world's most widely grown varietals





Cabernet Sauvignon is the world's most widely grown grape variety, according to resarch from the University of Adelaide.

The research suggests that Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot plantings have more than doubled their share of hectares to emerge as the top cultivated varieties in the world, with red grapes accounting for 55% of the world’s vine-bearing areas.

While the aforementioned varietals continue to thrive others have fared less well. Formerly the world’s second and third most grown varieties, Georgia’s Rkatsiteli and the Turkish Sultaniye, have all but vanished from the viticultural landscape, while the Spanish varietal Airén has slipped into third place having previously occupied top spot. Tempranillo and Chardonnay have more than trebled their areas of cultivation to move into fourth and fifth place.

The analysis reportedly accounts for 99% of global wine production and was compiled from 44 countries.

"In the wake of wine's globalisation, wine producers need to exploit their geographical and varietal distinctiveness in order to boost their competitiveness," The University of Adelaide’s School of Economics Professor Kym Anderson said. "This database, for the first time, offers transparency across the world's wine varieties and regions."

The new study, Anderson intimated, should give wine growers the necessary information about which varieties perform well in which climates, therefore allowing them to adapt to climate change in order to produce higher yields and potentially more successful vintages.
 

Written by: Ben Moss

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