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Shiraz

Shiraz or Syrah? Who had it first? Where did it come from? There is plenty of debate as to the origins of this ever-popular grape. The French claim it as theirs (of course!), but there seems to be some evidence to suggest that it may have been brought to France from Persia (now Iran), from the wine-making town, Shiraz. The cuttings brought to Australia from France in 1831, were labelled “Scyras.” So, who knows?

Whatever its origins, it is now grown across the globe, and wine lovers buy Shiraz worldwide. In France, the Rhone appellations of Hermitage and Cote-Rotie produce some of the most highly acclaimed Syrah in the world. But it is down under where Shiraz has had the biggest impact.