Cabernet Sauvignon – Dominanting Red Wine Grapes

Cabernet Sauvignon, being one of the world’s most renowned wines, is grown in nearly every major wine producing country. This is a very unique and mysterious wine.

Cabernet Sauvignon’s
origin was a little unclear because there are many myths and conjunctures
surrounding it. The word “Sauvignon” is believed to have been derived from the
French word sauvage, which means wild. It is referred to the grape being a wild
Vitis vinifera vine native to France.
The grape used to be rumored as having ancient origins.

 

In
the past century, Cabernet
Sauvignon has become very popular as one of the noblest grapes in the world
of wine. Its popularity is built partly on the success in Bordeaux,
as well as regions like California and Australia. Planting
the grape in any region that can be cultivated it is considered a wise choice. Cabernet has
become a familiar wine among consumers which has also aided in its availability
and appeal even from vague wine regions and producers.

 

In
California, Cabernet Sauvignon
has a certain style and reputation recognizable by the world’s market.  California’s plantings
and production of the grape are similar in quantity to those of Bordeaux. In the 80’s,
the Phylloxera epidemic swept over California,
demolishing most of the vineyards which would later need replanting. There was
also speculation that the Cabernet Sauvignon
would be replanted with other varietals. The plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon
in fact doubled between 88 and 98. Most of the wine regions were dominated by
the grape, such as NapaValley north of Yountville and Sonoma’s
AlexanderValley.

 

Cabernet Sauvignon
is grown in almost every South American country including Chile, Argentina,
Peru and Uruguay. In Chile, the wines were historically restricted
by the exceptionally high yields that were ordinary throughout the country. “As
producers begun to concentrate on limiting yields, regional differences began
to emerge that distinguished Chilean Cabernets.” The climate of the region is
the most important consideration for vineyard plantings along flat river valley;
soil type is a greater concern as plantings move to higher elevations and along
hillsides, “The wines of the Aconcagua region
are noted for their ripe fruit but closed, tight structure that needs some time
in the bottle to develop.”