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.