Wine Grape varieties

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.

A directory of Grape varieties used in winemaking

  1. Babic
  2. Baco Noir
  3. Barbera
  4. Blaufrankisch
  5. Bonarda
  6. Cabernet Sauvignon
  7. Carignan
  8. Chardonnay
  9. Chasselas
  10. Chenin Blanc
  11. Cinsault
  12. Colombard
  13. Dingac (see 'Plavac Mali')
  14. Ezerjo
  15. Fendant (see 'Chasselas')
  16. Furmint
  17. Gamza
  18. Grk
  19. Gruner Veltliner
  20. Harslevelu
  21. Hamburg
  22. Irsai Oliver
  23. Madeleine Angevine
  24. Malbec
  25. Marechal Foch
  26. Mavrud
  27. Melnik
  28. Merlot
  29. Muscat of Alexandria
  30. Muscatel
  31. Muller Thurgau
  32. Neuberger
  33. Pedro Ximenez
  34. Pinot Noir
  35. Pinot Blanc
  36. Plavac Mali
  37. Postup
  38. Primitivo
  39. Riesling
  40. Rkatsiteli
  41. Sauvignon Blanc
  42. Semillon
  43. Seyval Blanc
  44. Sylvaner
  45. Syrah
  46. Tempranillo
  47. Tokai
  48. Torrontes
  49. Viognier
  50. Wildbacher
  51. Zinfandel
  52. Zierfandler
  53. Zweigelt

 

Babic

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.

Baco Noir

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.

Barbera

An italian grape producing high yields of low tannined red wine.

Blaufrankisch

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.

Bonarda

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

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.

Chasselas

Mainly grown in Switzerland this grape makes distinctive white wines.

Chenin Blanc

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.

Cinsault

 

Colombard

Dingac (see plavac mali)

Ezerjo

Furmint

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.

Gamza

Gruner Veltliner

Harslevelu

Hamburg

Irsai Oliver

Madeleine Angevine

Malbec

Marechal Foch

Mavrud

Melnik

Muscat of Alexandria

Muscatel

Muller Thurgau

Neuberger

Pedro Ximenez

Pinot Blanc

Plavac Mali

Postup

Primitivo

Rkatsiteli

Semillon

Seyval Blanc

Sylvaner

Syrah

Tempranillo

Tokai

Tokai is a grape famous for the desert wines it produces

Torrontes

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.

Wildbacher

Zinfandel

Zierfandler

Zweigelt