Sauvignon Blanc – Getting To Know This Zingy Little Grape

By: Louise Truswell

The spiritual home of Sauvignon Blanc is The Loire in France, however since the 1980’s New Zealand has been doing big things with this grape. If you like your white wines refreshing, fruity and a little zingy, then Sauvignon Blanc is for you. It also makes a great food wine.

Super Sancerre

Sauvignon Blanc grew to fame in Sancerre in the Loire where it produces some of the finest white wines in the world. Here the style is dry and you’ll come across lots of grassy and gooseberry aromas, along with a crisp, minerally edge.

Mighty Marlborough

Sauvignon Blanc first arrived in New Zealand in the 1980’s and by the 1990’s it had been established as the country’s flagship wine. The region of Cloudy Bay in Marlborough in particular earned a reputation for developing extremely high quality and sought after Sauvignon Blanc. With the same famous grassy, zingy notes, Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand tends to be slightly fruitier and up front than Old World versions. Today more than 50% of the wine production in New Zealand is devoted to Sauvignon Blanc.

Value Sauvignon Blanc

The Sauvignon Blanc coming out of Sancerre and Marlborough is sure to be up there with some of the best that you will ever taste. However, there are plenty of other people who share the same opinion, which is why winemakers from these regions are able to stick a hefty price tag on their wines.

If value for money is more your thing, look out for wines from neighbouring regions or wine estates. The wines from here are likely to use all the same wine-making techniques as their neighbours but because they don’t fall within a famous boundary or vineyard the wines are often sold at half the price.

Similarly, while South Africa and Chile don’t have the Sauvignon Blanc producing reputation of New Zealand and France, they are making some deliciously refreshing and fruity Sauvignon Blanc which is well worth a taste and which is likely to be far kinder on your pocket!

Seafood + Sauvignon Blanc

If you are looking for a white wine to team with food, then Sauvignon Blanc is certain to be a good match. It is one of the most versatile white wines around and works a treat with fish, seafood and oily based sauces and dressings. It also goes well with rich tomato or cheese based dishes.

Just one thing though, if you are choosing to drink Sauvignon Blanc without food, you might want to serve it with a few canapés or nibbles, as it can get taste quite acidic when drunk on its own.

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Louise Truswell works in the wine industry. She has been writing about wine for couple of years and likes writing about Sauvignon Blanc. For more information and to choose from a range of Sauvignon Blanc from Virgin Wines, visit -

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