Essentially, Syrah and Shiraz are the same thing because they come from the same dark-skinned grape. This happens sometimes in the world of wine, just as Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are two varieties of wine from the same grape. In the case of Syrah v. Shiraz, location plays a part in their classification.
While most Shirazes are produced in Australia, some California wineries have started to call their Syrahs “Shiraz” as well. This is because the market for Shiraz has become extremely popular. Your RV Lifestyle has put together a comprehensive list of 100 Best Things To Do in Australia.
Because of this, the use of Shiraz or Syrah has taken on more meaning, and producers might choose one term or another to indicate the style of their wine. A winemaker might bottle a “Shiraz” to indicate they made a rich, lush, riper, more fruit-forward wine in the Australian spirit. Or they might instead call their wine “Syrah” to indicate a French influence, with more fruit restraint.
To learn more about the differences between Syrah and Shiraz, watch this weeks episode of California Life with Heather Dawson or watch the video clip below.