Which Winegrape Varieties are Grown Where?

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A global empirical picture

by Kym Anderson with the assistance of Nanda R. Aryal


FREE | 2013 | Ebook (PDF) | 978-1-922064-68-4 | 690 pp

DOI: https://doi.org/10.20851/winegrapes

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Yantai, China, June 2015 Which Winegrape Varieties was awarded first place in the world at the international Gourmand Awards, for the digital  wine category W 1 -12.

Cited by Harvard University researchers in Nature Climate ChangeJanuary 2018, in "From Pinot to Xinomavro in the world's future wine-growing regions", pages 29-37

Paris, 2014 Which Winegrape Varieties was awarded one of the best books published world-wide in viticulture by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (in French).'... a fascinating piece of research that’s bound to have far-reaching repercussions for the world’s vineyards.'

The January 2015 Newsletter of the international wine writer Jancis Robinson.

'José [Vouillamoz] made a fascinating graphic out of Kym Anderson of the University of Adelaide's table of the world's most planted grape varieties (Anderson's full report can be downloaded here). This showed more dramatically than the densely populated table of figures that the fastest growing varieties have been Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and, particularly, Tempranillo. He even suggested that it would be a good thing for the Chinese to wean themselves off Cabernet and on to Tempranillo because it ripens so usefully early for a country where temperatures plummet quite early in autumn.'

Jancis Robinson, international wine writer, 23 May 2014 at the Masters of Wine symposium in Florence.

'One of the most extraordinary wine publications of last year ... an unexpected post-Christmas gift for grape geeks.'

Max Allen, The Australian, 4 January 2014.

‘In an increasingly interconnected world wine market, evolving consumer demands, technologies, and climate have all contributed to large shifts in global patterns of production and consumption of wine. These shifting patterns of wine production and consumption have entailed changes in the vineyard in terms of total area planted, production practices, and the mix of grape varieties grown. In this book, for the first time, we have a detailed empirical picture, country by country and region by region within countries, of which varieties of grapes have been grown where, and how those varietal choices have changed over time. This statistical compendium will be directly useful for anyone interested in knowing about and understanding the changing patterns of production of wine and wine grapes around the world. It also will serve as an invaluable resource for economists and others who seek to analyze those patterns and their causes.’

Professor Julian Alston, Director of the Robert Mondavi Institute’s Center for Wine Economics, University of California, Davis.

‘This new database charts exactly what varieties are grown in which regions around the world. Since the data sets are based on two broad census periods, in 2000 and 2010, readers can also follow major planting trends around the world during the first decade of this new century. This colossal trawl makes it the perfect complement to last year’s [2012] publication of Wine Grapes by the doughty [Jancis] Robinson, [Julia] Harding and [José] Vouillamoz.’

(Jefford on Monday: The Great Grape Census, 09 Dec 2013)

Andrew Jefford is a wine writer for Decanter and The World of Fine Wine, and author of The New France.

‘Kym Anderson is a pioneer in the study of the economics of wine, and this book contains the raw materials for others to do the same kind of extraordinary research.’

Professor Orley Ashenfelter, Princeton University, former President of the American Economic Association and former Editor of the Ameri­can Economic Review, and founder/author/publisher of the newsletter Liquid Assets.

The database on which this book draws is freely available in Excel at www.adelaide.edu.au/wine-econ/databases.