Signature Red Grape Varieties
Certain countries are known for particular grape varieties that they excel with. Argentina does a great job with Malbec because of longer hang time on the vines. Due to its terroir, Australian Shiraz takes on more of a coffee, chocolate character than its Syrah persona and is divine. Zinfandel has become a national treasure of California and is exclusive to that region. Italy boasts two biggies: Sangiovese (Brunello, Vino Nobile, Chianti) and Nebbiolo (Barolo, Brabaresco) which are legendary. Pinotage in South Africa has become their hallmark varietal. For Pinot Noir, Burgundy, France, hands down, provides the most consistent offerings and finally, Spain’s Tempranillo is world-famous in the likes of Rioja.