Grape Varieties

Get to know the grape varieties that go into making our favourite bottles of wine. We explore popular international varieties like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We also learn about varieties native to a particular region, like Sangiovese from Tuscany or Albariño from Rias Baixas.

Riesling grapes
The Essential Guide to German Riesling and More

Riesling, pronounced ‘reece-ling’, is an aromatic white wine grape of German descent dating back to…

cabernet franc
Cabernet Franc: Discover the Parent Grape of Bordeaux

Cabernet Franc often takes a back seat to other well-known international red grape varieties, like…

Gamay Grape Variety
Gamay: A Guide to the ‘Other’ Burgundian Red Grape

Updated November 2023 The Gamay grape variety is widely known as the grape of Beaujolais.…

South African Pinotage
Pinotage: South Africa’s Flagship Grape Variety

Pinotage grows mainly in South Africa and represents approximately 7% of the country’s area under…

Grenache
Grenache: The Hero Grape of Hot Climates

Grenache is one of the most widely planted red grape varieties in the world. Approximately…

Pinot Grigio grape variety
Pinot Grigio: 4 Things To Know About The Pink-Skinned Grape

Updated November 2023 Pinot Grigio is a wine of many hues and synonyms. From lemon…

albariño
Albariño: The Flagship White Grape of Northwest Spain

Let’s talk about Tom and Jerry, peanut butter and jam, and Albariño and Rias Baixas.…

merlot
Merlot: Essential Things to Know

Merlot is one of the world’s most popular red wines. It’s a chameleon grape for…

Pinot Noir grapes
Pinot Noir: Get To Know This Important Grape

Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most popular red grapes. It has a reputation…

Malbec Grapes
Fascinating Facts About Malbec World Day

It seems there’s a day for everything, from Grilled Cheese Day (April 12) to Love…

Chardonnay wine grape - SOMM TV
Chardonnay: The World’s Most Popular White Wine Grape

For the general wine-drinking public, Chardonnay is a polarizing varietal. It’s often due to stereotypes…