"What are International Varieties?"
International varieties can be described as wine varieties that are so widely planted and recognised that they transcend their original homeland and styles.
These varieties are also known as 'Classics' and often produce high quality wines no matter where they are produced.
This list is not concrete, a couple of varieties could be added or a few subtracted, but this a good start for wide spread varieties and is pretty widely accepted.
The Whites - click on the variety to go more in depth
Produced in almost every style and grown in every major wine region possible
- Chenin Blanc
Loire Valley wine that can age for 50+ years
Ultra-Aromatic with a long history
Often made sweet and sparkling
- Pinot Gris/Grigio
Light and Zesty. Highly Fashionable
Often said to be the most under-rated wine.
Mostly grown in Bordeaux and Australia
- Sauvignon Blanc
Famous in New Zealand and the Bordeaux/Loire regions of France
Syrah's pair in France's Rhône Valley
The Reds - click on the variety to go more in depth
- Cabernet Sauvignon
Balanced and full-bodied, grown from Napa, to Australia, to back home in France
One of the most widely planted varieties in the world
One of the original Bordeaux reds, now also famous from Argentina
Easy to grow worldwide, great in blends or by itself
Unique high-tannin Italian wine that needs many years of ageing to balance
- Pinot Noir
Difficult to cultivate but the darling of the wine industry. Burgundy's red gift to the world.
The main variety of the Chianti blend in Italy
Rhône Valley's red superstar, a different style has become Australia's most famous wine
The early ripening grape of Spain, this red can be grown all over the world in warmer climates