What Kinds of or Types of Grapes Make Wine?
You can make wine from almost anything: apples, blueberries, plums…even rice (which people argue is really more like beer than wine). But when we say “wine”, we are usually referring to that scrumptious stuff in pretty bottles made from grapes.
So what kinds of grapes make wine? Well, the traditional-and most popular-type of grape for wine is the Vitis vinifera species. You can make wine from other types of grapes, too, such as Muscadine Wine (from the Vitis rotundifolia species) or even wine from those juicy Concord grapes that are in your morning grape juice (from the Vitis labrusca species), but, for traditional, quality wine, the Vitis vinifera has been held in the highest esteem for centuries.
What types of grapes are in the species Vitis vinifera? Pretty much all the varietals that come to your mind: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah/Shiraz, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris, Riesling, Merlot…you get the picture.
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