May 26, 2022

Science Reference Ebook (Free): New Database of World’s Winegrape Varieties and Regions

From the University of Adelaide:

University of Adelaide researchers have compiled statistics from 44 countries to develop the first database of the world’s winegrape varieties and regions.

The new database, funded by the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC), provides an in-depth analysis of the world’s wine varieties and winegrape growing nations that account for 99% of global wine production.


This detailed database also uncovers more about changing trends in wine consumer behaviour.

“The database reveals that 20 years ago Airen, a white winegrape variety from Spain, was the most widely grown globally, but now Cabernet Sauvignon is the world’s most grown winegrape,” Professor Anderson says.

“In 2000, white winegrapes were more widely grown; however, in the decade to 2010 red winegrapes increased their share of the global vine-bearing area from 49% to 55%.

“This is consistent with what we know about changes in wine consumption, with numerous countries moving away from white and consumption rising in recent years in China where red wine is preferred.”

Access the Data as an Ebook (PDF and XLS material)
The page also provides access to underlying data files (XLS).

Download Direct (Free) or Purchase from U. of Adelaide Press (PDF)

See Also: A working paper (free) that summarizes some of the data is also available.
Where in the world are various winegrape varieties grown? (35 pages; PDF)

See Also: Global Wine Economics Research Centre (at U. of Adelaide)

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