Wine Notes - Grape Varieties

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The identification of a bottle of wine by its grape variety is far more commonplace than it once was. We now take for granted that we will choose a Chardonnay or a Riesling because we are used to buying the wine by the varietal name and we can better match the grape to our own particular taste.
It was the wine makers of California who really began the process of naming their wines by the grape and introducing it to a wider audience. A particular variety will not provide a particular taste sensation which is exact to that grape alone. Grape varieties are subject to climatic conditions (terroir) which will give the wine its character.

Click on the grape variety below for further information

Chardonnay
Sauvignon Blanc
Riesling
Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinot Noir
Merlot
Gewurztraminer
Muscat
Semillon
Cabernet Franc
Syrah
Tempranillo

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