FAQ about Varietals

In our last blog post, we discussed the definition of a grape varietal, and how they differ from wine blends.

A quick recap: A varietal is a wine that is made of one dominant grape, and are aptly labeled so. The bottle must be made from at least 75% of that grape to be considered a varietal.



Now that we’re all on the same page (you’re welcome for the pun), let’s talk about some interesting facts about grape varietals

Q. How many grape varietals are there in the world?

A. There are literally over 10,000 different kinds of wine grapes in the world, although not all of them are used to actually make wine, and some of them are limited to very small regions in their home country.

Q. What are the most popular varietals?

  1. Cabernet Sauvignon
  2. Merlot
  3. Airen
  4. Tempranillo
  5. Chardonnay
  6. Syrah
  7. Grenache
  8. Sauvignon Blanc
  9. Trebbiano
  10. Pinot Noir


Q. Which grapes are grown most around the world?

A. That would be Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. Although they originated in Bordeaux, they are the most planted grapes all over the globe.


Q. Which countries produce the most popular varietals?

A. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc all come from France (surprise!), Tempranillo, Grenache, and Airen are from Spain, and the Trebbiano is from Italy.


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