The Origins of Syrah/Shiraz Wine
The origins of Syrah are steeped in intrigue. Tales often reference its beginnings in Shiraz, Persia or even Syracuse, Sicily. However, the truth is much more intricate than folklore. Modern DNA analysis has shed light on the grape’s lineage, suggesting that it hails from the Rhône Valley in France. This discovery indicates that Syrah likely emerged from the crossbreeding of grapes, specifically Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche. For South Africans, this connection to French viticulture is particularly poignant, given the country’s long-standing ties to French wine traditions.
This makes the story and journey of Shiraz wine in South Africa even more intriguing.