The global vineyard space fell 6% in the decade

The global vineyard space fell 6% in the decade

Tempranillo is the world's fastest-growing grape variety by hectares planted, but Cabernet Sauvignon is now the most cultivated ahead of Airén, according to a new report.

The study, compiled by Adelaide University's Wine Economics Research Centre, found that Tempranillo trebled its share of hectares under vine from 2000 to 2010 to 140,000 hectares, taking fourth spot in terms of overall share. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot more than doubled their share in the period, to take them from eighth and seventh to first and second, respectively.

Syrah jumped from 35th to become the sixth most planted grape globally, the study showed. 

Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir almost moved into the top ten in the decade, while Airén slid from first to third.

The study also found that the total global vineyard area fell by around 6% in the ten years, on top of an 8% fall in the 1990s. This came despite increases of around 30% in the US and Georgia, 40% in Czech and 220% in New Zealand in the most recent decade. 

The biggest falls were in Spain (13%) and Portugal (20%). 

The overall share of red varieties in the global winegrape area rose from 49% to 55% in the decade to 2010, the study showed.