Then and now: The world’s most popular grape varieties

Posted on 20th January, by Wine Cellar in Blog, Wine Knowledge. No Comments

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New research released by the University of Adelaide shows how drastically consumer preferences and wine grape plantings have changed in the last 20 years. Whereas Airen, Grenache and Rkatsiteli topped the list of the world’s most widely planted varieties two decades ago, they have since been superseded by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with other international varieties also making their way into the top ten. Tempranillo is reportedly the fastest-expanding variety in the world, accounting for 20% of Spain’s area under vine in 2010, up from 5% in 1990.

The most planted varieties in 1990

1. Airen
2. Garnacha Tinta
3. Rkatsiteli
4. Sultaniye
5. Trebbiano Toscana
6. Mazuelo
7. Merlot
8. Cabernet Sauvignon
9. Monastrell
10. Bobal

The most planted varieties in 2010

1. Cabernet Sauvignon
2. Merlot
3. Airen
4. Tempranillo
5. Chardonnay
6. Syrah
7. Garnacha Tinta
8. Sauvignon Blanc
9. Trebbiano Toscano
10. Pinot Noir

According to the university’s researchers, these changes are largely the result of new consumption preferences, climate change and technological advances. Read more on

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