Cabernet Sauvignon
: Outside France

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Cabernet Sauvignon is by far the dominant variety for the world’s fastest growing wine-producing county china where total plantings were thought to have reached 20,000 ha by 2009, and this total may already have overtaken Bordeaux’s. The variety, incidentally, was also very widely planted in the old Soviet Union where according to the most accurate estimates available, there were approximately 30,000 ha/75,000 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon before it was broken up. The variety is presumably still widely planted in russia, ukraine, and especially in moldova—although in the many wine regions susceptible to winter freeze, the cold-hardy hybrid cabernet severny is popular. Cabernet Sauvignon is also grown in georgia, azerbaijan, kazakhstan, tajikistan, and kyrgyzstan.