Grafted Vinifera

  1. Albariño - Grafted

    Widely grown in Galacia (northwest Spain) and Portugal (where it is known as Alvarinho), Albariño produces distinctive, aromatic, high quality wines, one of the few Spanish white varieties used to produce a varieta...
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  2. Auxerrois - Grafted

    Auxerrois is a full sibling of Chardonnay. Widely grown in the Alsace region of France where it produces a relatively low acid wine used for blending and as a varietal.
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  3. Barbera - Grafted

    Grown primarily in the Piedmont, Barbera is the second most planted variety in Italy. It has a high level of natural acidity even when fully ripe, so is best suited for hot climates.
  4. Cabernet Franc - Grafted

    A component of many Bordeaux blends, Cabernet Franc matures earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon and is more suitable for cooler climates. One of the more winter hardy vinifera varieties, it is becoming more popular in...
  5. Cabernet Sauvignon - Grafted

    Cabernet Sauvignon is a vigorous, variety with late bud break and late maturity. It is one of the world's most widely renowned red wine varieties, grown in nearly every major wine producing country among a diverse s...
  6. Carmenère - Grafted

    An old Bordeaux variety largely replaced by Merlot in France, but widely grown in Chile where vines planted as Merlot turned out to be Carmenère. Ripens later than Merlot but earlier than Cabernet Sauvignon.
  7. Chardonnay - Grafted

    The standard of white wine grapes, Chardonnay can be used to make a wide range of wine styles from "fruit forward" wines fermented in stainless, to buttery wines fermented or finished with oak. Chardonnay is the pri...
  8. Dolcetto

    Dolcetto is an early ripening black wine grape that is grown in northwest Italy in the Piedmont region. Wines are soft, round, fruity, and fragrant with flavors of licorice and almonds.
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  9. Dornfelder - Grafted

    Dornfelder is considered to be the most successful red German vinifera cross with substantial plantings in the late 20th Century. The wine is notable for its depth of color, good acidity, attractive aromatics, and...
  10. Gewürztraminer - Grafted

    Gewürztraminer is a musqué mutation of Traminer that produces compact clusters of small, spicy, pinkish-red grapes with high natural sugar and low acidity, so is best suited for cooler climates. The best wines exh...
  11. Grenache Noir - Grafted

    Grown primarily in Spain and southern France, Grenache is used to produce wines ranging from red to rosé. It is often blended with other varieties with more color and tannin.
  12. Gruner Veltliner - Grafted

    Gruner Vetliner is the most planted grape variety in Austria and is widely grown in eastern Europe, but too late-ripening for more northern regions. Wines are typically finished dry and are peppery or spicy.
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  13. Kerner - Grafted

    Considered a success story of modern German vine breeding, Kerner became widely planted in Germany in the 1990s. Typically used to make high quality wines similar to Riesling in many respects including high acidity...
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  14. Lemberger - Grafted

    Not to be confused with cheese, Lemberger is used to produce low acid, varietal wines. It is gaining a reputation in the Finger Lakes region of NY as a variety with good wine potential and easier to grow than Pinot...
  15. Malbec - Grafted

    Malbec was once popular in Bordeaux, but plantings have declined as it is susceptible to various viticultural hazards such as frost, coulure, and bunch rot. Known to require a milder climate than varieties such as M...
  16. Merlot - Grafted

    Merlot is Bourdeaux's most planted grape variety, known for its smooth texture and outstanding varietal wines, but often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon. Earlier ripening than Cabernet Sauvignon, but not as winter h...
  17. Mourvédre - Grafted

    Mourvédre is Spain's second-leading red variety (after Grenache) and is also a popular variety in southern France, and has been grown in California since the 1870s. Mourvédre needs a very warm climate with long su...
  18. Muscat Ottonel - Grafted

    Muscat Ottonel is earlier ripening than other vinifera muscats and is the leading muscat in Alsace. Probably bred as a table grape, Muscat Ottonel has subdued muscat flavor and is used to produce dry table to late...
  19. Nebbiolo - Grafted

    Nebbiolo is native to the Piedmont region in northern Italy where it produces the region's most distinguished wines, and some of Italy's best, long-lived wines.
  20. Petit Verdot - Grafted

    Petit Verdot is one of the classic black Bordeaux varieties. It is known for high quality where it can fully ripen, which is later than that of Cabernet Sauvignon.
  21. Petite Sirah - Grafted

    Petite Sirah became popular in France for its resistance to downy mildew but has since fallen from favor there, it is currently being planted on an experimental basis in many locations in the US.
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  22. Pinot Blanc - Grafted

    Likely discovered in Burgundy in the late 19th century as a sport of Pinot Gris (itself a sport of Pinot Noir), Pinot Blanc is widely planted in central Europe. Sometimes confused with Chardonnay but often known for...
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  23. Pinot Gris - Grafted

    Pinot Gris is a lighter-skinned mutation of Pinot Noir that produces small, compact clusters of berries ranging in color from pink, to coppery-gray, to brownish-pink, even within the same cluster. Its low acidity ma...
  24. Pinot Noir - Grafted

    Pinot Noir is the classic red Burgundy cultivar, it ripens best under cool, dry conditions and is best suited for cool but moderate climates. Wines are lower in tannins and pigments than the other great French wine...
  25. Pinotage - Grafted

    Pinotage is a uniquely South African vinifera variety that has achieved international success. Pinotage can produce rich, long-lasting and deep colored wines that age well in oak.
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  26. Regent - Grafted

    Regent is a relatively new German hybrid, mostly vinifera, with good fungal disease resistance. Regent wines can have intense color, high tannins, moderate acidity, and show aromas of cherry and black currant.
  27. Riesling - Grafted

    Riesling is the noble grape variety of Germany, one of the most hardy vinifera varieties best suited for cooler climates and highly susceptible to Botrytis infection. Riesling is made in a wide range of wine styles...
  28. Sangiovese - Grafted

    Sangiovese is the most planted grape variety in Italy, the principal variety for fine red wine in Tuscany, and the base wine for the production of Chianti. It is a late-ripening red that produces wines with pronoun...
  29. Sauvignon Blanc - Grafted

    Sauvignon Blanc is responsible for some of the world's most distinctive dry white wines with a wide range of aromatics. It produces a wide range of wine styles from dry aromatic wines to desert wines in France, to r...
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  30. Shiraz - Grafted

    Shiraz is the Australian synonym for Syrah, an ancient, noble variety capable of producing outstanding wines with long aging potential. The wines have a wide range of flavor depending on the climate and soils where...
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