Winegrape varieties in the worldâ€™s vineyards have become more internationalised since wine globalisation accelerated from the 1990s. Simultaneously, economic growth and greater openness to trade have altered beverage consumption cultures in those countries and in non-wine-producing countries. This chapter draws out the implications of these developments for terroir-based cultural assets in the countries of origin of each winegrape variety and in the sometimes dispersed countries planting them. It exploits two recently revised, expanded and updated global databases. One covers wine production, consumption and trade, and the other describes winegrape-bearing areas by variety and region, covering 99% of the worldâ€™s winegrape vineyard area and more than 1, 700 DNA-distinct winegrape varieties for 2000 and 2016. This latter database reveals that vigneronsâ€™ varietal choices are narrowing in the wine-producing countries of the world, converging on the major French varieties. This is despite a strengthening interest by vignerons in â€˜alternativeâ€™ and native varieties, the latter linked historically to terroir-based cultural assets. Meanwhile, wine consumers are enjoying ever-wider choice, thanks to much-increased international trade in wine. Data also suggest the quality of the current global mix of varieties has been rising well above that of a generation ago.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge Handbook of Wine and Culture|
|Editors||Steve Charters, Marion Demossier, Jacqueline Dutton|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publication status||Published - 2022|