Varietals Grape Varieties "Varietal" describes wines made primarily from a single named grape variety, and which typically displays the name of that variety on the wine label.
Examples of grape varieties commonly used in varietal wines are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot. Wines that display the name of two or more varieties on their label, such as a Chardonnay-Viognier, are blends and not varietal wines. The term variety refers to the vine or grape while varietal refers to the wine produced by a variety.
Similarly, the term varietal can be used to describe cider made from a single variety of apple, tea made from a single variety and preparation, or to describe particular subspecies of coffee.
As vintners and consumers have become aware of the characteristics of individual varieties of wine grapes, wines have also come to be identified by varietal names.n.
We are assembling a list of grapes which will appear here shortly.