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There are well over 1000 grape varieties used in winemaking across the world (1368 according to the most recent research), and to complicate things further, many have multiple identities in different countries. The cultivation of the domesticated grape began 6,000–8,000 years ago, with archaeological evidence of winemaking having been found in Georgia from that period, and as production has grown and diversified, so too have the varieties of grapes used.
Out of the many varieties, there are only a limited number that have found worldwide fame. When dining out or buying wine for home do you stick with an old faithful? A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, a Californian Chardonnay or perhaps a Burgundian Pinot Noir? After discovering a wine you really love your vinous journey might seem complete; a favourite becomes your own personal definition of a great glass of wine and you are reluctant to consider other alternatives.
However, you can expand your horizons further by exploring new and exciting versions of your favourite variety from different regions. Growth conditions and many other factors might contribute to a unique twist on your favourite variety that will give a whole new perspective to your preferred glass of wine.
Simply find your favourite variety below for a host of different ideas and suggestions of wines that you may not have tried.
Grown all over the world this popular grape variety comes in many disguises depending where you are in the world. Head to the Loire Valley in France and you will find wines from Pouilly Fume and Sancerre both of which are made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc.
Try the fantastic La Folie Sancerre Alphonse Mellot from Loire. A biobynamic wine that has a slight smokiness to it and is perfect when paired with fish pie.