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Italian wine and grape guide : Sauvignon

Sauvignon

The Sauvignon Blanc together with the Chardonnay is possibly the most famous and widespread white grape in the world and produce some of the most celebrated white wines.

The Sauvignon is a white wine grape variety of French origin, precisely the Bordeaux area and in particular, the Sauterne region, where together with the Semillon and the Muscadel produces the famous white wine

Sauvignon is a relatively robust, vigorous vine that adapts to all kinds of soil and ripens early, hence its popularity. Other then France, Sauvignon has found an ideal home in New Zealand, in the Marlborough region, and in Europe, in the cool, sunny alpine slopes of Trentino Alto Adige and Friuli Venezia Giulia in the north east of Italy where it produces high quality wines.

The Sauvignon Blanc is related to the Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Sauvignon originated from a natural crossing of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc, and both have become two of the most widely planted grape varieties in the world. Sauvignon is a semi-aromatic variety that can be immediately recognised thanks to its characteristic gooseberry nose.

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