Some of the famous French grape varietals are literally booming in the New World to produce vibrant wines worldwide. In wine, we refer to Europe and the Middle East as the Old World while the New World is made of newer wine regions like the United States, Australia, Argentina, Chile and South Africa. Majority of the New World rely on grape varietals that have been cultivated for hundreds of years in France. Let’s discover these 5 stars French varietals to know what makes them that exceptional today in their new homeland!
Originally planted in Bordeaux, Malbec was first introduced to Argentina in the mid-19th century and is today uniquely identified with Argentinan Wine. Counted as the “national varietal”, Malbec gives generally medium-bodied wines, with lots of dark fruit flavors and relatively mellow tannins.
Originally planted in the Loire Valley, the varietal was exported to New Zealand and can be qualified as a Unique, exuberant and intense varietal. Sauvignon Blanc is quite the experience. It is an intense and ripe yet crisp white wine, loaded with flavors of grapefruit and tropical fruit. It represents today 73% of New Zealand Wine production with a total of 297,000 Tons.
Originally cultivated in Burgundy for over 2000 years, Pinot Noir is one of the most captivating and complex of wines. Producers in South Africa have put great focus on Pinot Noir, creating slightly bolder wines than the terroir-driven Burgundies. Pinot Noir is one of the oldest cultivated wine grapes.
When it comes to Australian wine no other grape is more synonymous than Syrah. This varietal has found its place under the sun and has adopted Australia as its great new home. The Varietal gives its best with a charming balance of aromatics, flavor, tannins and personality. Today, Syrah makes up 25% of the country's plantings.
Known as the king of red wine grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys the same status in California as does in its native home in Bordeaux. In Napa Valley, winemakers produce Cabernet Sauvignons full of flavor and high-alcohol. They're some of the most dense and ripe red wines on the planet.