Although the grape is not the only factor affecting the taste of a wine, it is one of the main contributors to the overall flavour. here are some of the grape varieties used in wine production.
Babic is one of the most coomonly grown local grape varieties in Croatia. Strong flavour and an 'aquired taste' for many visitors to the region. Very little is exported.
A hybrid grape producing a deep red wine of medium bodied wine with plenty of blackberry and caramel on the palette. Mostly found in Canada although it was once a popular French variety.
An italian grape producing high yields of low tannined red wine.
Similar to Gamay, but able to survive very cold temperatures. It is used in full bodies Austrian red wines and some vinyards in Washington State, USA.
Originally grown in the Piedmont region of Italy and now also in South America, this grape produces a fruity but mild wine and is used in blending.
Carignan is a red wine grape from Spain, but used extensively throughout the world for blending. Producers like it because it can be grown without a trellis.
Mainly grown in Switzerland this grape makes distinctive white wines.
One of the worlds really popular grape varieties, Chenin Blanc produces a highly acidic grape that appears in many guises. Good sparkling wines, easy drinking table wines and sweet desert wines can all be found in this popular grape.
Recently described by Hugh Johnson as 'like Viogner', this is in fact one of the most intense grapes for honey flavours. Royal Tokaji wines use the Furmint variety to greatest effect.
Tokai is a grape famous for the desert wines it produces
Torrontes is a grape grown at very high altitudes in the north west of Argentina. It makes a delicious wine characterized by distinctive peach and apricot aromas.