History of Sauvignon Blanc

Alcoholic beverages have been around throughout most of recorded history. Whether it be wine, liquor or beer, every alcoholic beverage has a storied history behind it. Wine predates most other alcoholic beverages, meaning that there’s much more to know about how it came about! What better wine to learn about than one of the most famous wines in the world today in sauvignon blanc? What started as a small time wine has quickly taken the world by storm and became a fan favorite. We tell you everything you need to know about sauvignon blanc below!


Because sauvignon blanc is made with grapes that originated from a certain region, we have a better understanding of its true origins when compared to other beverages. Sauvignon blanc is made from green grapes of the same name that originate from the Bordeaux region of France. It’s believed to have descended from Savagnin grapes, with their first recorded appearance coming sometime in the early 18th century. They were brought to the US in the 1880s and popularity increased from there.

Where Is It Now?

Sauvignon blanc grapes have amassed a number of worldwide variants over the years. Where you get your wine from will determine the flavor profile and taste you’ll get from each glass. Besides the obvious location in France, sauvignon blanc grapes can be found in the United States (especially in California), Australia, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa. Many of these areas choose to add to the sweetness profile of the wine by blending it with Semillon grapes, which are the best grapes for that purpose.

Chardonnay vs. Sauvignon Blanc

As popular and noteworthy as sauvignon blanc is, it’s often mistaken for another popular white wine in chardonnay. These are not the same thing! Chardonnay has an earthy flavor profile and is more distinct in wineries across the world. Sauvignon blanc, on the other hand, is more uniform throughout the world through a sweeter flavor profile. Chardonnay also hails from a southern region in France while sauvignon blanc is further out west. The two wines also pair well with distinctly different foods.

Sauvignon Blanc at Trattoria Il Panino

There’s no other cuisine that pairs better with wine than those that hail from Italy. Trattoria Il Panino knows this better than anyone! We combine the most delicious and authentic Italian cuisines with an extensive wine and cocktail selection to bring your taste buds right to the heart of Italy. To experience the magic without the expensive flight, make a reservation with us today!