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'International Varieties'

"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.

Chardonnay - one of the most widely recognised varieties of grapes and grown all over the world.

Chardonnay - one of the most widely recognised varieties of grapes and grown all over the world.

The Whites - click on the variety to go more in depth

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
  • Grenache/Garnacha
    One of the most widely planted varieties in the world
  • Malbec
    One of the original Bordeaux reds, now also famous from Argentina
  • Merlot
    Easy to grow worldwide, great in blends or by itself
  • Nebbiolo
    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.
  • Sangiovese
    The main variety of the Chianti blend in Italy
  • Syrah/Shiraz
    Rhône Valley's red superstar, a different style has become Australia's most famous wine
  • Tempranillo
    The early ripening grape of Spain, this red can be grown all over the world in warmer climates