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Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc’s name comes from sauvage, French for “wild,” as the grape is likely indigenous to southwestern France. Although the grape has been grown in France for at least 500 years, sauvignon blanc has had a recent surge in popularity due to the innovative wines from New Zealand. The grape was introduced to New Zealand in the 1970s, and producers soon realized that the climate was ideal for ripening sauvignon blanc, which is now the country’s most-planted grape. Sauvignon blanc exploded in popularity over the last 20 years and is now being planted all over the world, from Australia and New Zealand, to California, to Chile and South Africa.