World’s Most Popular Varietal Wines

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When it comes to what varietal wines are the most popular among consumers around the globe, there are the big six. For whites, Chardonnay has to top the list. Produced or sold almost everywhere, it is considered the “vanilla” of wine. Next would be Riesling, followed by Sauvignon Blanc. Heading the list of reds is Cabernet Sauvignon. Also seen globally, it is indeed the “chocolate” of wine. Then there is Pinot Noir and Syrah/Shiraz. Believe it or not, part of the reason these varietal wines are so popular is because consumers can pronounce the names. Although other indigenous, varietal wines of specific countries are popular, from my experience of traveling the wine world regularly for well over 3 decades, this is what I’ve seen.

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