What’s the DIFFERENCE between Shiraz & Syrah? Origin of the Grape & Wine

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The story of How Syrah Became Shiraz: History and style of this iconic wine type in short.

Learn more about Syrah in Cote Rotie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PE4btG1C_Nw

From France to Australia, Syrah to Shiraz
In the 1830s, the first cuttings of Syrah were introduced from France to Australia by Scottish viticulturist James Busby, often referred to as “the Father of Australian viticulture.” However, historical records show that he labelled these cuttings as “Scyras” and “Ciras”.

From there, the grape variety was planted in the Sydney Botanical Gardens, then the Hunter Valley, before making it to South Australia in the middle of the 18th century.

It remains a bit of a mystery exactly how Syrah became Shiraz. Is it because of the wrong original labelling of the first cuttings, or because of the strong Australian accent?

One thing is sure, Syrah and Shiraz today are the exact same grape variety, although like for all grapes, different clones and variants exist.

However, as the grape variety was spread and planted all around the New World, the Syrah and Shiraz names have almost gone from an indication of origin to an indication of style.


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