Red, white, or bubbly is only the beginning when selecting what wine to drink. Whether shopping by variety, region, or style, the options are dizzying, with dozens of major wine-producing nations and over a thousand commercially grown grape varieties worldwide.
Of course, only a fraction of wines enjoy household-name status, and many are synonymous with a particular region or country of origin: Argentine Malbec, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, and German Riesling.
Although these associations are tried and true, by no means should we think of them or other well-known varieties as one-trick ponies. White wine drinkers can turn to Chile’s Casablanca Valley for Sauvignon Blanc, for example, or New York’s Finger Lakes region for Riesling. Malbec fans seeking something familiar might opt for a bottle from its original homeland of Cahors, France.
VinePair created the map below to show the world’s most popular grape varieties, and highlight the diverse range of regions in which they are most notably grown. We hope this broadens readers’ wine-drinking horizons.
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