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Grapes

Learn more about the major grape varieties of the world.


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Agiorgitiko

The most widely planted red grape of Greece offers a wide range of styles, from rosé to red. The most exceptional Agiorgitiko wines are the full-bodied reds from Nemea.

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Aglianico

If Nebbiolo is king of Northern Italy, then Aglianico is king of the South. A wine with incredible quality, and a unique savory flavor that’s best enjoyed aged.

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Airén

Spain’s most widely planted grape is primarily used for brandy, save for a few producers who have revitalized the drought-resistant old bush vines for winemaking.

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Albariño (Alvarinho)

Albariño is a white grape variety grown in Spain and Portugal, and currently used for white wines such as Vinho Verde.

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Alicante Bouschet

Alicante Bouschet is a rare red grape hybrid, created by Henri Bouschet, with both red skins and red flesh, known as a teinturier.

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Aligoté

AligotĂ© is Burgundy’s “other” white grape, more rarely encountered than Chardonnay; yielding light, citrusy wines. It is also the traditional base ingredient for the Kir cocktail.

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Arinto

Indigenous to Portugal, the Arinto white grape is currently used to produce age-worthy white wines. Flavors include beeswax and nuts.

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Arneis

Arneis is a white grape variety, and exists thanks to the efforts of winemaker Alfredo Currado, who brought it back from scarcity.

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Assyrtiko

Native to Santorini, Assyrtiko is a rare grape in terms of vineyard area, but is quickly picking up acreage throughout Greece. Noted for its texture, acidity, and minerality.

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Baga

Even though a large proportion of Baga is used in Portugal’s leading value wine, Mateus RosĂ©, the grape can produce age-worthy reds and complex sparkling rosĂ©.

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Barbera

Barolo is what everyone talks about from Piedmont, but Barbera is what everyone drinks! This everyday red can be found in vineyards around the world.

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Blaufränkisch

Rich black fruit is contrasted by peppery flavors and boisterous acidity in this food-friendly Austrian red. Blaufränkisch is a parent grape of both Gamay and Zweigelt.

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Bobal

This under-the-radar grape happens to be the 2nd most planted red wine in Spain. Wines are loved for their fruity flavors, soft tannins, and velvety finish.

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Bonarda

Not the same grape as Bonarda from Italy, this Bonarda (aka Charbono or Douce Noir) grows alongside Malbec in Argentina where it produces equally fruity, smooth red wines.

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Brachetto

Brachetto d’Acqui is a frizzante (semi-sparkling) sweet red wine from Piedmont that’s known for it’s candied and floral aromatics.

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Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is the parent grape of both Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Complex reds result, with aromas of raspberry, bramble, and bell pepper (pyrazines).

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Cabernet Sauvignon

The world’s most popular red wine grape is a natural cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux, France. Cabernet Sauvignon is loved for its high concentration and age worthiness.

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Carignan

Carignan is a black-skinned wine grape currently planted in Spain and France. It is commonly used in red wine blends with Grenache and Syrah.

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Carménère

CarmĂ©nère is a dark-skinned grape currently planted in Chile. It’s a late ripening grape sharing traits with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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CastelĂŁo

Castelão is a wine grape with dark skin, currently planted in Portugal; used in various wines, including still red, rosé, and sparkling.

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Catarratto

Catarratto is a white grape variety originating from Sicily. It is commonly used in Marsala blended wines or made into concentrate.

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Catawba

Catawba is a pink-skinned wine grape currently grown in New York state, and used to create white, rosé, and sparkling wines.

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay is now the most widely planted white grape variety, globally. Chardonnay is a major grape in Champagne, and other sparkling wines.

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Chasselas

A Swiss variety which yields fairly neutral wines that tend to showcase their origin more so than other grapes, based on the terroir in which they grow.

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