Grape Varieties

One of the most influential factors affecting the flavour of wine is the grape variety or varieties that go into its making. Understanding some of the key differences between those most commonly found in the wine-producing world, helps to provide a compass for enjoyable exploration. Our guides outline key characteristics and wine styles, common tasting terms and where in the world to head to for the grape of your choice.

Cabernet Sauvignon: The Ultimate Grape Guide

Cabernet Sauvignon

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Chardonnay: The Ultimate Grape Guide

Chardonnay

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Grenache: The Ultimate Grape Guide

Grenache

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Malbec: The Ultimate Grape Guide

Malbec

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Merlot

Merlot

'Merlot gives colour and the richness of alcohol making round, supple wines. It has aromas of plum, strawberries, redcurrant, violet and truffle.'

Joanna Locke MW

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Pinot Noir: The Ultimate Grape Guide

Pinot Noir

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Riesling: The Ultimate Grape Guide

Riesling

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Sauvignon Blanc: The Ultimate Grape Guide

Sauvignon Blanc

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Semillon

Semillon

'Semillon stands out for its versatility: its unique natural make-up means it produces superb wines right across the style spectrum, from delicate, dry, aromatic, low-alcohol wines to full, round oaky styles and lusciously sweet, dessert wines.'

Pierre Mansour

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Syrah/ Shiraz: The Ultimate Grape Guide

Syrah/Shiraz

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Tempranillo: The Ultimate Grape Guide

Tempranillo

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Viognier

Viognier

'The viognier grape likes warmth so it’s no surprise that it found its way to Australia and California where those growers that managed to tame its tendency to heady fruit make some brilliant examples.’

Pierre Mansour

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