What Is Syrah: All You Need To Know About Syrah (Shiraz) Grapes

A lot of people often wonder if Syrah and Shiraz are different wines but the thing is they are one and the same vintage. Syrah is the original name and it started being called Shiraz in Australia, it could be as a result of the Australian accent or some other unknown reasons but the name stuck. Syrah is a pretty interesting grape and you may have noticed that it is probably one of the darkest red wine you have seen so here are some more interesting things to know about Syrah AKA Shiraz

A brief history of Syrah

Like most vines, the origin of Syrah is shrouded in rumors and myth. Some say it originated in Iran and others believe it was planted now France by a Roman emperor in the year 208 A.D. however it was discovered to originate from southeastern France through DNA fingerprinting and is an offspring of Dureza and mondeuse Blanche grapes. The grape became very popular in Australia where it was grown in large vineyards, and because Australian Syrah wines were more affordable and readily available than wine from France, the name Shiraz became more known than the grapes original name. It is used as a blending component for Bordeaux and Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines in the southern Rhône. Varietal Syrah wines are highly sought after but because It balances out other wines weaknesses with its fleshy and fruity components it is popular as a blended wine.

Approximately how many hectares/acres of Syrah is planted globally

By the year 2015, approximately 190,000 hectares(470,000) acres of Syrah was planted globally. This grape thrives in medium to warm climates and it is grown in warmer regions like the United States, the Rhône valley in France, Australia and South Africa. Like most grapes, the notes and characters of Syrah are influenced by the climate of the area where it is grown. In warm climates has notes of mint, eucalyptus, and black pepper and in hot climates, it has notes of cloves, coffee, and dark chocolate.

Wine colors of Syrah

Syrah produces wines that are a deep and full-bodied purplish red. The red is so dark that if you were to hold up your glass of Syrah to the light you would not see through the liquid. The deep color is gained by leaving syrah grape skins in the wine after the grapes have been pressed to help intensify the red tint. Older Syrah wines tend to become darker as they age

Grape skin color and sweetness levels of Syrah

Syrah grapes are dark skinned and almost black. Their parent grapes are the dark-skinned Dureza and white skinned Mondeuse Blanc.

Shiraz is a medium sweet off-dry wine with low or high tannin levels based on what climate it was grown in. It scores a 3-4 on the wine sweetness chart.


Whether you called it Syrah or Shiraz, this red wine remains one of the most popular full-bodied red wines. It’s jammy and spicy notes make it a great accompaniment for grilled meats and desserts, it can also be enjoyed on its own.