Returning to the original grape

by  |  29-12-2014

Last Friday in the Guardian, an article ran about the efforts to save the native wine grapes of the world. It focused mostly on Spaniard, Fernando Martínez de Toda and his quest to preserve what wine grapes were originally used in Spain prior to the Frenchification and “simplification” of the wine world. One of the most important quotes from the article was that due to globalization, “70% of the world’s wines [are] coming from just 30 varieties”. And it’s a salient point. There is far, far too much Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, and a couple of others grown the world over. In New World regions where there weren’t originally vitis vinifera grapes, it makes (or at least made) sense to plant well-known workhorse grapes that people would immediately recognize and buy. Many are trying to buck this trend as while Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot may work well in say, […]
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