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Types of Wine Grapes

Wine is made with grapes, but not typical table grapes you’ll find at the grocery. The grapes used to make wine have thick skins, are small, sweet, and contain seeds. There are many different kinds of wine grapes (over a thousand), but here are a few of the most-commonly planted varieties around the world.

 

Single-Variety Wines and Wine Blends

A wine made with one type of grape is a single-variety wine. A wine made with several different grapes is a blend. Even single-variety wines are not always varietally labeled though. In Europe, wines are traditionally named after the place they originated. For example, a Bordeaux Blend is a blend of several grapes, including Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and comes from Bordeaux, France. Another familiar example is Chianti (“key-aunt-tee”), a Sangiovese-based blend from Tuscany, Italy.

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