Cabernet Sauvignon has replaced Spain's Airen as the world's most well loved grape variety, shows a new study, but researchers warned of shrinking diversity in vineyards.
There were close to 300,000 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon planted around the world in 2010, up from just over 100,000 two decades ago, shows the University of Adelaide study. It claims to be a first-of-its-kind report charting plantings across 44 countries accounting for 99% of global wine production. Their work revealed the rising popularity of native French varieties, which have benefited from wider adoption in New World countries to account for 36% of global vineyard area in 2010, versus 26% in 2000. In that time, Merlot has joined Cabernet Sauvignon at the top of the plantings league, moving into second place, overtaking Garnacha Tinta now 7th, leaving Airen in 3rd place overall.Additional huge losers over the past two decades include Trebbiano Toscano, Mazuelo and Rkatsiteli, with many vines either ripped
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