Grapes


  • Popular Reds

    • Cabernet Sauvignon

      “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

    • Pinot Noir

      “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

    • Syrah

      The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

    • Merlot

      The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

    • Zinfandel

      Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

    • Grenache

      You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

    • Tempranillo

      History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

    • Nebbiolo

      History of the grape: Two schools of thought exist as to the origins of Nebbiolo (which means “little fog” either for...

    • Sangiovese

      Prounounced “San-joh-vay-say,” this Italian wine varietal is Tuscany’s #1 red wine grape. It’s the pistol of Central ...

    • Gamay

      History of the grape: Legend has it that it was brought over by the Romans in the first century BC to the town of Bea...

    • Lambrusco

      History of the grape: There is evidence that the ancient Romans were drinking wines made from Lambrusco, a grape that...

    • Malbec

      History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

    • Nero d'Avola

      History of the grape: The name translates to “Black [grape] of Avola,” referring to the town in Sicily where it was f...

    • Barbera

      History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

    • Mourvèdre

      History of the grape: Monastrell is a native of Spain, first grown in Murviedro near Valencia, and was eventually bro...

    • Pinotage

      History of the grape: In 1925, Stellenbosch University Chief Horticulture Professor Abraham Izak Perold created the P...

  • Popular Whites

    • Chardonnay

      British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

    • Sauvignon Blanc

      Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

    • Pinot Grigio

      History of the grape: Pinot Gris was planted in Burgundy, France as far back as the 1300s. It then spread through Eur...

    • Riesling

      History of the grape: As with many varietals, exact details of Riesling’s origins are unclear. It is known that in 14...

    • Chenin Blanc

      History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

    • Pinot Blanc

      History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

    • Sémillon

      History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

    • Viognier

      History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

    • Muscat

      History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

    • Verdejo

      History of the grape: Verdejo has existed in the region for centuries, thought to have first been planted by the Moor...

    • Gewürztraminer

      Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

    • Müller-Thurgau

      This variety was developed by Dr. Hermann Muller in 1882. When naming the new grape, he added the name of the Swiss c...

    • Silvaner

        Grape: Silvaner Color: White Synonyms: Sylvaner, Gruner Silvaner Main Regions: Germany (Franke...

    • Ugni Blanc

      Because so many Italian varieties are known as Trebbiano, its history is unclear. It may be named after the river Tre...

    • Marsanne

      Avilleran, Champagne Piacentina, Ermitage, Grosse Roussette, Hermitage, Johannisberg, Marsan Belyi, Marsanne Blanche,...

    • Tannat

      History of the grape: Tannat has been growing in southwest France for many centuries. The grape has the distinction o...

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  • Aglianico

      Grape: Aglianico Color: Red   Main Regions: Italy (Apulia, Basilicata, Campania).   Description...

  • Agria

    Agria has also found its way into North America via British Columbia, where it is sometimes blended with Pinot Noir....

  • Aidani

    Aidani is a white variety most commonly found on the island of Santorini. This grape produces pleasantly aromatic win...

  • Airén

    n is a white Vinifiera variety, and is by acreage the most widely grown grape in the world. Native to Spain, this gra...

  • Albariño

    History of the grape: Legend has it that Cluny monks from Burgundy brought the parentage of the grape, either Rieslin...

  • Alden

    Alden (Ontario x Grosse Guillaume). From Cornell University's Geneva, New York experiment station. One of the larges...

  • Aleatico

    Limited plantings of this minor red wine variety are found in warmer areas of California and Australia. Aleatico is m...

  • Alicante Bouschet

    History of the grape: Like all good biographies, the rise and fall of Alicante Bouschet begins with its grandparents....

  • Aligoté

    In North America, Aligoté’s cold-weather tolerance has provided it with homes in Washington State, British Columbia a...

  • Angelina

    This grape has been widely grown in the Lodi area of Calfornia’s hot Central Valley since the dawn of the 20th centur...

  • Arneis

    The first records of Arneis plantings in Piedmont go back to the 1400s. Today, many call Arneis the most interesting ...

  • Assyrtiko

    Assyrtiko is a white Greek wine grape indigenous to the island of Santorini. Assyrtiko is the most widely planted on ...

  • Athiri

    Athiri is an ancient Greek variety found on the island of Santorini (or Thira as it was known in ancient times.) Athi...

  • Aurore

    A 19th century French hybrid, Aurore was created by Albert Seibel and named after the Roman goddess of dawn. At one t...

  • Auxerrois

    Auxerrois' tendency towards low acidity makes it suitable to cooler climates, such as England, Ontario's Niagara Peni...

  • Bacchus

    Named after the Roman god of wine, Bacchus is found in Canada’s westernmost province of British Columbia, in the Unit...

  • Baco Blanc

    A cross between Folle Blanche and Noah, Baco Blanc is the creation of famed French hybridizer Francois Baco. Also kno...

  • Baco Noir

    Baco Noir is an important commercial variety in northern U.S states, as well as in much of Canada. A cross of Folle B...

  • Barbera

    History of the grape: Barbera is a native to the Piedmont, where it has been growing for centuries, and is now the fo...

  • Bastardo

      Grape: Bastardo Color: Red Synonyms: Trousseau   Main Regions: Portugal (Douro Valley, Madeira); F...

  • Blanc du Bois

    Blanc du Bois was developed at the University of Florida for use in that state. It is a white wine-producing grape wi...

  • Blaufränkisch

    This variety is really beginning to come into its own. Austrians have only recently realized what great potential red...

  • Bluebell

    Bluebell is a cold-hardy grape created by the University of Minnesota. It produces small, blue skinned grapes that ri...

  • Bonarda

    History of the grape: Bonarda is a confusing grape to describe because, depending on where it was made, one person’s ...

  • Bual

    Bual (or Boal) is a grape variety used in Madeira production. It is the second sweetest of the four noble Madeira gra...

  • Burger

    How low this once mighty grape has fallen! There was a time when Burger produced more wine in California than any oth...

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