So, Shiraz or Syrah?

Can you tell me a French wine that is rich in flavour, red or burgundy in colour? Some will say Shiraz, others will not hesitate to say Syrah, but did you know that it is the same grape variety, just called differently?

There are two completely opposing versions of the origin of the Syrah variety. According to one version, the Roman Emperor began cultivating the vine in 280 BC. According to another version, the grapes were imported from Iran to France in 600 BC by experienced winegrowers of the time.

Despite the fact of its origin in the 18th century in France (the Hermitage), wines from this grape variety were already being produced with might and main. And in the first half of the 19th century (1832), the first sprouts of the Syrah grape arrived in Australia, whose difficult climate proved to be the most acceptable for its cultivation.

It was in Australia that the name of the grape variety changed for the first time, becoming “Shiraz” in the Iranian style. Since then, one of the most popular wines has been given this double name.

It is believed that the name varies according to the region where the grapes are grown and the wine is produced. European countries have Syrah. New World countries has Shiraz.

And which wine do you prefer, Shiraz or Syrah?