American Wine Terms

Our ever-expanding list of American wine terms.

A

American Viticultural Area

A legally designated grape-growing region in the United States.

AVA

American Viticultural Area. A legally designated grape-growing region in the United States.

R

Reserve

A wine label term that has many meanings depending on what country the wine is from. In the United States, Reserve is a non-regulated term. Some wineries use this term to describe a special quality level, others for marketing. In Austria, Reserve is used to describe wines made in a rich style with more than 13% ABV made with hand-harvested grapes.

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