Cabernet, the monarch of the vineyards

Despite all the talk of new varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon remains the world’s most popular red. Robert Joseph charts its rise

Photo by Mae Mu on Unsplash
Photo by Mae Mu on Unsplash

Cabernet is king. 

That’s not a throwaway phrase. It’s the literal truth, based on the area this variety occupies across the globe, and the prices commanded by so many of its most successful wines. With 340,000ha planted worldwide, Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely grown variety of all, covering twice as much of the planet as Grenache and roughly three times as much as Pinot Noir. For every two hectares of Chardonnay grown, there are three of Cabernet.

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