A nice fresh white wine, delicious on its own or paired with food. Which wine do you think of? We think of a Sauvignon Blanc! It is one of the most popular wine grapes for a reason! Enter a cafe or restaurant and pick up the wine list, there is always a Sauvignon Blanc on it!
The Sauvignon Blanc is a dry white wine with a fresh and fruity taste and "green" scent. A high acidity is characteristic of any Sauvignon Blanc wine. The flavours that are often present in Sauvignon Blanc wines are green apple, citrus and peach, among other things.
It is believed that the name Sauvignon is derived from the French word ‘sauvage’ meaning wild or unspoiled. Because the Sauvignon Blanc grows well in the wild and was most likely cultivated from wild grapes, it is named after the French word ‘sauvage’.
Although the Sauvignon Blanc grapes traces its origins back to the western regions of France in the Loire Valley, it has successfully expanded its wings to the southwest of France and even other continents. To give just one example, New Zealand has a stunning 29,000 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc alone. However, France remains the largest Sauvignon Blanc planter with around 29,900 hectares and according to many connoisseurs the French Sauvignon remains superior over the New World counterpart. 😉