Top 10 underrated white varieties

18th March, 2015 by Gabriel Stone

Following our look at the world’s most underrated red varieties, we consider 10 marginalised white grapes that are tantalisingly poised on the cusp of greater recognition.

Screen-Shot-2013-11-18-at-15.12.43As Prosecco – or Glera as we must now call it – surges from strength to strength, Pinot Grigio retains a loyal following, Chardonnay attracts a broad spectrum of followers and Sauvignon Blanc appears unstoppable, any grape looking to break this dominance will need to be figuratively thick-skinned.

Fortunately for biodiversity and the curious drinker, plenty of winemakers both large and small are planting less familiar grapes in new places, using new techniques and fresh marketing ideas in a bid to bring them to a wider audience.

Whether driven by climate change or a desire to create the next big thing, many of these efforts are highlighted over the following pages as we pick up some potential stars of the future.

2 Responses to “Top 10 underrated white varieties”

  1. Esther Orusco says:

    Another underrated white grape is the ” Malvar” one. Its unique in the south and south east in the Comunidad of Madrid. The wine from that type os grape is flavored and crispy, with touches of apple and pineaple……..For more information about this grape you can contact with d.o. Vinos de Madrid.

  2. Bernd Weeke RV says:

    It is good to know that Savagnin is the same as Traminer. So winebuffs finding it hard to locate Jura/Savoie Savagnin may want to look at Austria as well. E.g. Winkler-Hermaden’s 3 young winemakers in Südost-Steiermark make an excellent dry Traminer, full of flavour and minerality, and organic too.


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