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Pronunciation guide to grape varieties (H-S)

The Society's audio guide to grape pronunciation gives members more than a fighting chance of being able to get their mouths around even the most challenging sounding of varieties. Click on the grape name to hear our recommendation of how to say the name.

For extended profiles of some of the more common grape varieties see our Guide to grapes.

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Pronunciation guide to grape varieties (A-G) | Pronunciation guide to grape varieties (T-Z)


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Hárslevelű


Aromatic Hungarian white that is responsible for both sweet and dry wines. Read more

Click here for wines from the hárslevelű grape


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Kékfrankos


Considered Hungary's best red, kékfrankos is a direct translation of Austria's blaufränkisch (see above) and sometimes goes by the name of nagyburgundi.

Click here for wines from the kékfrankos grape


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Lagrein


Distinctively fruity red from Italy's Alto Adige and Trentino also now cropping up in some Australian blends. Read more here and here

Click here for wines from the lagrein grape.


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Macabeo


This widely planted Spanish white is also found across the border in France where it is known as maccabéo or maccabeu; in Rioja it goes by the name viura.

Click here for wines from the macabeo grape


Malagousia


Click here for wines from the malagousia grape


Malvasia


Click here for wines from the malvasia grape


Marsanne


Click here for wines from the marsanne grape


Merlot


Click here for wines from the merlot grape


Monastrell


This sun-loving Mediterranean variety produces dark, powerful reds. It also goes by the names of mataro and mourvèdre.

Click here for wines from the monastrell grape


Montepulciano


Deep-coloured red found throughout Italy but probably most famous as the grape behind Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. Vino Nobile di Montepulciano has nothing to do with the grape, however as this DOCG is based on the sangiovese grape. Read more

Click here for wines from the montepulciano grape


Moscato


Click here for wines from the moscato grape


Muscadelle


This ancient white from Bordeaux and Bergerac in south-west France is also of significance in Australia where in the Victoria region it produces wonderful 'stickies' and is often called tokay. Read more

Click here for wines from the muscadelle grape


Muscadet


This ancient and widely planted white grape originated in Burgundy and also goes by the name of melon de Bourgogne. Read more

Click here for wines from the muscadet grape


Muscat


Click here for wines from the muscat grape


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Nebbiolo


The classic red grape of Piedmont responsible for Barolo and Barbaresco, two of Italy's finest reds. The name comes from nebbia which is Italian for fog and is believed to refer to the bloom on the grape's skin. Read more

Click here for wines from the nebbiolo grape


Nerello Mascalese


Click here for wines from the nerello mascalese grape


Nero D'avola


Click here for wines from the nero d'avola grape


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Okuzgozu


Click here for wines from the okuzgozu grape



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Parellada


Click here for wines from the parellada grape


Pedro Ximénez


This Andalucían white variety makes some of the darkest and sweetest wines going.

Click here for wines from the pedro ximenez grape


Petit Manseng


This white from France's south-west is one of the grape's behind both dry and sweet Jurançon. Read more

Click here for wines from the petit manseng grape


Petit Verdot


One of the lesser known Bordeaux red grapes often used in small quantities to add 'spice' to the blend.

Click here for wines from the petit verdot grape


Petite Sirah


This rather obscure red French grape is now much more famous in California and, as durif, in Australia.

Click here for wines from the petit manseng grape


Picpoul De Pinet


Click here for wines from the picpoul de pinet grape


Pinot Blanc


Click here for wines from the pinot blanc grape


Pinot Gris


Click here for wines from the pinot gris grape


Pinot Meunier


This fruity red is the least well-known of the three grapes that traditionally make up Champagne. Read more

Click here for wines from the pinot meunier grape


Pinot Noir


Click here for wines from the pinot noir grape


Pinotage


South Africa's signature red variety is a cross between pinot noir and cinsault. Read more

Click here for wines from the pinotage grape


Primitivo


This full-throttle southern Italian red has now been proven to be the same grape as zinfandel and is of Croatian origin (where it goes by the name of tribidrag or crljenak kastelanski).Read more

Click here for wines from the primitivo grape


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Refosco


Click here for wines from the refosco grape


Riesling


This is one of the world's greatest white grape varieties capable of making magical wines for long-keeping.Read more

Click here for wines from the riesling grape


Roussanne


Click here for wines from the roussanne grape


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Sangiovese


The high-quality red grape of central Italy has many synonyms and is best-known as the main grape of Chianti. Read more

Click here for wines from the sangiovese grape


Sauvignon Blanc


Highly popular Loire white grape making aromatic, zesty wines. Read more

Click here for wines from the sauvignon blanc grape


Sauvignon Gris


Click here for wines from the sauvignon gris grape


Savagnin


Click here for wines from the savagnin grape


Scheurebe


Click here for wines from the scheurebe grape


Semillon


This white is found in both dry and sweet white Bordeaux is notable also for its success in Australia. Read more

Click here for wines from the semillon grape


Susumaniello


Click here for wines from the susumaniello grape


Sylvaner


Click here for wines from the sylvaner grape


Syrah


Click here for wines from the syrah grape


Members' Comments (1)

"What a good idea but it would be even better for the inclusion of the Corsican grape varieties - for instance sciaccarellu and niellucciu which always give me some trouble."

Mr Mike Johnstone (05-Aug-2016)

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