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...
  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...
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  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.
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  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...
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  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. 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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  13. 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...
  14. 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...
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  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. Pinot Blanc

    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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  18. 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...
  19. 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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  20. 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.
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  21. 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...
  22. 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...
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  23. 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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  24. 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...
  25. Tannat - Grafted

    An important variety in Uruguay, Tannat produces deeply colored wines that are astringent and often blended with other varieties such as Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
  26. Teroldego – Grafted

    Teroldego is a red vinifera originating in north east Italy that shares a parent, Dureza, with Syrah. Wines are described as dark and fruity with low tannins.
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  27. Tinta Cão - Grafted

    Tinta Cão is a high quality black grape used for the production of Port.
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  28. Zinfandel - Grafted

    Zinfandel is known as an exotic black variety predominantly grown in California and recently found to be identical to the Italian variety Primitivo. Typically made into varietal wines that can age well.
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  29. Zweigelt - Grafted

    Zweigelt is widely grown in Austria where it was developed and is now the country's most popular dark-skinned grape. Zweigelt ripens earlier than Lemberger but buds out later than St. Laurent and tends to produce li...
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