*I don’t know if it still is, but Airén is or was the world’s most planted wine grape variety, and yet few wine drinkers have heard of it or drunk it. I once had an Airén lend from Morrisons (can’t remember what the other grape was.
Is it most planted in terms of vine numbers, or in terms of acreage? The low density planting in La Mancha - where a lot of it is planted - means that (according to Oz Clarke, at least): “the region has long held the title of largest area planted to wine variety in the world”.
Now that is the ultimate geeks’ wine bible. A terrifying amount of data in those 750 pages. I don’t think I’ll be emailing it to my kindle for the journey home - I need to stay awake and not miss my stop.
However, I should stop you all there to ask whether you were aware that 90% of the world’s planted area of Aligote is located in 4 eastern European countries (Moldova, Russia, Romania & Ukraine). Should really stop there, I’ve already got too much to finish before I’m allowed home.
On the subject of Tempranillo, ISTR reading (no idea where) that it’s international popularity (and association with Rioja therein) is leading to the grubbing up of other other supporting varieties in the region, pushing the other (considered lesser) varieties to the fringes and threatening an almost mono-varietal Rioja.
Considering the interest that is added with the likes of Garnacha to Ardanza, Graciano to 904, and Mazuelo to a particular favourite of mine Vina Albina, I think that would be a real shame.
Agreed! I’ve recently been making a concerted effort to drink more of those as varietals as well. I’ve not really come across a Mazuelo I’ve taken to, but Garnacha and Graciano are both becoming mainstays.
Is that really what it says? Figure 6 in the huge report seems to confirm that Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted in 2016 (Airen was in the earlier dataset). Please accept my apologies if I got that wrong.
The survey, as I read it (but I have been massively wrong already in this thread) is on area rather than number of vines…
Katie Jones at Domain Jones (TWS lists some of her wines) walked though her 110 year old Grenache vineyard in a recent Zoom call, and these the vines were really well spread out, whereas it’s now the fashion to plant vines very closely together. So the amount of vines per hectare varies greatly.
Then there’s the matter of how much wine is produced per hectare; is there a green harvest, are the amount of bunches restricted?
Measuring hectares is easiest. But I assume the authors of this study can only go on the figures supplied by the authorities in each country and I imagine that is the area devoted to vines.