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Grapes are the main ingredient that makes wine taste the way it does. While there can be differences in the wine made from a single grape variety, the fact that a certain type of grape was used lets you know the basic information about what the winemaker intended to produce.

Grapes do take on the flavor of the soil and grow sweeter in the sun as they hang on the vines, but still, knowing which wine grapes went into the mash gives you a head start on getting a wine you'll enjoy.

syrah grape
gerwurztraminer grapes
pinot noir grapes
Pinot Noir
riesling grapes
merlot grapes
chardonnay grapes

When it comes to naming grapes, winemakers try to maintain an industry standard. However, some grapes go by different names or spellings - such as the Syrah (or Sirah), which in South Africa is known as the Shiraz; in Australia, Hermitage.

If the listings in the reviews or on the wine labels confuse you, these grape primers will help you sort the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from the Chardonnay and Gewürztraminer, or the Muscat from the Muscadet...

also see in Wines -> Starting a Home Vineyard | Viticulture | Wine Making

More information about wine grapes around the Web:

The Super Gigantic Y2K Winegrape Glossary - It may not be pretty, but it really is - as it says - super gigantic. As of the last update there were too many varieties listed to count, with links to databases with thousands of additional entries...

Tony Aspler's Wine Primer - Listing a selection of white wine grapes and red wine grapes with the countries that grow them and the wines they produce, plus brief tasting notes on each variety.

Professional Friends of Wine - Varietal Profiles - Clear and easy to understand, this wine grapes 101 primer provides solid information on many of the most common wine grapes in an easy click-on format. The illustrations are special and the links are well chosen. You'll enjoy this lesson.

Grapes and the Wines of the World - A treasure of wine-related information, but here the focus is on the grape vine inducing photos & illustrations of every part of the root, stem, leaf structure, and more grape anatomy.

German Wine Grape Varieties - If you don't know a Spätburgunder from a Gewürztraminer this site can help. Simply click on the name of the grape and you'll get a good picture with information about where the grapes are grown and what types of wine are made from them.

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