Wine grape varieties are the heart and soul of every bottle, contributing distinct flavors, aromas, and characteristics unique to each varietal. Each grape’s individuality is shaped not only by its inherent genetic traits, but also by the region, sub-region, and specific microclimate in which it is grown.
The concept of terroir, or the environmental factors that influence a wine’s character, plays a significant role in this process. Factors such as soil composition, altitude, and climate can dramatically alter the taste and aroma of a particular grape variety, leading to a diverse range of expressions in the resulting wines.
Explore our curated list of wine grape varieties below to learn more about each grape’s unique properties, and be sure to sample some of our recommended wines to experience the magic of how these diverse factors come together to create exquisite, one-of-a-kind flavors.
*Note: We are classifying these grapes as both white and red based on the most common production practices. However, it’s important to keep in mind that most red wine grapes have red skins with white flesh (with the exception of Teinturier grapes like Alicante Bouschet and Chambourcin), meaning many “red grapes” could potentially be vinified as white if a winemaker chose to do so. Pinot Noir is a good example of this and has been in practice for a long time in the production of Champagne.
White Wine Grapes
Red Wine Grapes
|Antão Vaz||Alicante Bouschet|
|Chenin Blanc||Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Melon de Bourgogne||Graciano|
|Sauvignon Blanc||Petit Sirah|
|Seyval Blanc||Pinot Noir|
|Vidal Blanc||St. Laurent|
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