Europe is considered to be the point of origin of many different varietals of grapes. The region which is presently France, Italy, Germany, Spain and other adjoining areas are some of the richest growing lands of wine varietal grapes. Sauvignon Blanc is one of the varieties which originated in France regions of Bordeaux and Loire Valley. These grapes are of light green colour and are used in making white wines. Australian white wines made from these grapes are crispy and dry.
The characteristics of sauvignon blanc wines vary greatly with temperature. So, if it is grown in different geographical regions of Australia which have different temperatures, you will find a lot of variation in the style, aroma, colour and taste of the wines. These wines do not develop any special characteristics with aging and, therefore, most of these are bottled and consumed when young.
Sauvignon blanc wines are generally considered to be good substitutes for chardonnay wines. Due to their dry and crispy taste, these are blended with other wine varietals, chiefly Semillon, to provide more tastier wine options. The blended Semillon and Sauvignon wines are generally prepared in the Margaret River region of Australia. More exclusive Sauv Blanc wines are produced from grapes grown in Adelaide Hills and Padthaway wine regions of Australia.
Besides Australia, these grapes are also grown in New Zealand. The South Island of New Zealand is the prime growing region for these grapes.