Cabernet Sauvignon Wine: 5 Fun Facts

Cabernet Sauvignon wine in glass and bottle

Updated July 19th 2023

Cabernet Sauvignon wine is extremely popular all over the world. It is the world's most planted grape variety, and almost everybody likes this full-bodied red wine with berry flavors. Here are five fun facts about Cabernet Sauvignon wine that might surprise you.

Who does not love Cabernet Sauvignon wine? This full-bodied, yet elegant wine is the most popular wine in the world. The characteristic Cabernet Sauvignon flavors of black pepper and berry are wonderfully powered by good tannins and high acidity. This lovely combination makes this grape variety a winner. Full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon goes well with a wide range of foods and the grape is planted all over the world.

1. It is the most planted grape variety in the world

Cabernet Sauvignon is often referred to as the King of the wine grapes. It is planted in almost every wine producing country nowadays, but has its origin in Bordeaux in southwestern France. With over 55,000 hectares planted, France is still the largest producer of Cabernet Sauvignon wine. If you are interested in knowing more about popular wine varieties, we recommend our article about the other most popular grape varieties.

2. It is easy to recognize

It is easy to recognise Cabernet Sauvignon in blind tastings due to the characteristc aromas of blackcurrant and black pepper. These flavors, together with the wine's high tannins and good acidity, make it a perfect match with many meat dishes. A glass of Cabernet Sauvignon wine with steak is always a good idea. Due to its origin from France, some people wonder what is the difference between Cabernet Sauvignon vs Merlot. Both wines are considered to be dry, but Cabernet Sauvignon wine is more full-bodied, while Merlot is more delicate and slightly more fruity. Cabernet Sauvignon has slightly higher acidity and a more robust profile.

3. It is used in some of the world's most expensive blends

Blends where Cabernet Sauvignon is used include some of the most expensive and popular blends, such as red Bordeaux, Supertuscan and CMS-blends. Most wine experts agree that the best Cabernet Sauvignon wines are made in Bordeaux, France, but they often come with a very high price tag. There are many great Cabernet Sauvignon wines produced outside France. Cabernet Sauvignon prices can vary from very cheap to extremly expensive. There are many affordable Cabernet Sauvignon wines produced all over the world. Napa Valley in California is a reference for Cabernet Sauvignon wine from the New World.

4. It is the offspring of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc

This varietal cross happened in the 1600s. Many people wonder what is the meaning of "Cabernet", but it is simply the name for the grape and has no specific meaning.

5. It has its own official holiday

In 2010 the first "Cabernet Day" was organized by a few wineries in Napa Valley as a marketing event. Since then, it is celebrated every Thursday before Labour Day in the US.

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