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Sauvignon blanc is a white grape variety of international importance. It probably originated in France, which also is its most important growing country. Within France it is mainly grown in the Bordeaux area. Other important growing regions are Northern Italy, Croatia, California, Chile, Argentina and Israel. Considerable amounts are also grown in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Sauvignon blanc is often mixed with Sémillon blanc or Muscadelle to produce famous dessert wines like those of Sauternes. This is also done in the French regions of Barsac and Graves, and in the Margaret River region of Australia.

Wines made from Sauvignon blanc come in a wide spectrum of aromas. They often have notes of black currants and gooseberries, as well as (unfermented) berry juice and grass. The regional differences are great. A known aberration are Sancerre wines with a distinct note of flambéed bananas. The acidity is sometimes quite clear but not excessive. Sauvignon wines have a high alcohol content and can be stored for a long time.


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Synonyms for Sauvignon blanc

Synonyms for Sauvignon blanc in other languages are Muskatni Silvanec, Sciampagna, Sauvignon fumé, Sauvignon jaune, Blanc fumé, Gros Sauvignon and Pinot Mestny Bely.


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