Cabernet Sauvignon is the second most planted black grape variety in the world.
France is the leading producer and Bordeaux – not surprisingly – leads the plantings. However, Merlot has topped the charts for black grapes since the 1970s when les français realized that Merlot ripened more easily. Cabernet Sauvignon now represents around 20 percent of Bordelais vines.
The variety is, however, very well traveled. Pretty much every country that makes wine makes Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s planted in Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Moldova, Lebanon, Israel, Morocco, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, China, India…really, all over!