Sauvignon Blanc: The Importance of Place of Origin

July 20, 2021 by
Maytte Rivera

Sauvignon Blanc has always been one of those white grape varieties that inspires interesting conversations, with wine drinkers either loving it or not really caring much for it.  Lately we have seen a resurface of this grape as consumers realize it is one of the most interesting varieties we can experience. Originating in the Loire Valley, France, Sauvignon Blanc expresses significantly different aromas and flavors depending on its place of production.

Sauvignon Blanc takes advantage of the cool climate of the Loire Valley, France to produce very elegant wines that project a piercing acidity with aromas of green fruits, herbs, green vegetables and sophisticated minerality.

On the other side of the world, New Zealand has adopted Sauvignon Blanc as its main white grape. When grown in Marlborough, this grape will surprise you with its concentrated aromas of passion fruit, grapefruit and fresh cut grass.


In Chile’s Casablanca region, with its high-altitude vineyards, we can find refreshing Sauvignon Blancs with shades of citrus, green apple and fresh herbs.


California’s warmer climate helps this grape to develop slightly fruitier aromas of apricots, honeydew and mandarin.  Look for the oak aged style labeled as “Fumé Blanc” to enjoy a rounder wine with added notes of spice and dried tea leaves.