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A guide to the different grape varieties

The variety of grape used to make a wine is one of the most influential factors affecting the flavour of the wine. There are endless different grape varieties stemming from the Vitis vinifera vine with those that give the best flavour profiles being particularly prolific all over the world. Grape varieties can be blended, or a single grape variety can be used on its own (such is the case in Burgundy where Pinot Noir is used to make red wine and Chardonnay is used to make white). Many New World producers use European varieties and will often display the name of the grape variety on the bottle label. In France, mention of the grape variety is rare but is sometimes indicated on the label of certain vins de pays.

LEARN MORE ABOUT GRAPE VARIETIES:

Barbera
Cabernet franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Carménère
Chardonnay
Chenin Blanc
Cinsault
Counoise
Corvina
Folle Blanche
Gamay
Gewurztraminer
Grenache
Malbec
Marsanne
Merlot
Mourvèdre
Mondeuse
Mondeuse Blanche
Muscadelle
Muscardin
Muscat
Négrette

Muscat blanc à petits grains
Nebbiolo
Petit verdot
Persan
Pinot meunier
Pinot noir
Pinot Gris
Poulsard
Riesling
Rondinella
Roussanne
Sauvignon Blanc
Sémillon
Sangiovese
Savagnin
Sylvaner
Syrah
Tempranillo
Terret noir
Trousseau
Ugni
Viognier
Vaccarèse

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