Learn about Grapes

Learning about grape varieties is a great way of understanding flavours and discovering which wines you'll enjoy. Find out more about the different grapes in our wines below

When it comes to wine the most important ingredient is the grapes. The grape variety/varieties a wine is made from determine a whole lot about the wine. Grape varieties are a great way of understanding the fascinating world of flavours in wine. So if you would like to learn more about the grape’s origins or keen to discover a different variety, you are in the right place.

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Afrochiero

A Taste of Portugal's Unique Charm

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Aglianico

The Barolo of the South

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Albarino

The great white grape of Galacia and Spain

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Albarossa

A very unique Piedmont grape

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Alicante Bouschet

A Bold and Unique Choice

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Arinto

A crisp white from Vinho Verde, Portugal

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Arneis

A very nuetral Italian grape from Piedmont

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Barbera

Piedmont's little brother red that makes stunning wines

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Bombino Bianco

A very drinkable Italian white grape

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Bombino Nero

A puglian speciality grown mainly for rosé

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Bourboulenc

The Bourboulenc grape is a hidden gem among the varieties of southern France

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Cabernet Franc

The softier juicer Caberent.

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Cabernet Sauvignon

Often considered the King of reds, it maks long-lived, full-bodied reds

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Canaiolo

A supporting grape in Chianti

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Carignan

A medium bodied red, often used in blends

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Carmenere

Carmenere, the "lost grape of Bordeaux," found its true home in the vineyards of Chile

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Chardonnay

The Queen of white grapes, often misunderstood

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Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc from honeyed sweetness to zesty acidity, making it a delightful chameleon of the wine world.

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Cinsaut

A work horse in Rhône blends and Provencal rosés

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Clairette

The Clairette grape is a venerable variety originating from the southern Rhône Valley in France

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Cortese

The grape behind Gavi and Gavi di Gavi

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Corvina

The lead Musketeer in Valpolicella and Amarone

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Dolcetto

The other, other Piedmont red grape

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Frappato

Frappato is used most notably in the wines of Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG,

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Friulano

Crisp and zesty Italian white from Friuli in Northern Italy

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Fruhroter Veltliner

Think of it as the eager beaver of the vineyard

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Furmint

Hungary's national white grape.

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Gamay

Gamay is a red grape variety primarily grown in the Beaujolais region of France

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Gargenega

The Italian grape behind Soave whites

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Gewurztraminer

A spicy, fruity and itriguing grape

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Glera

The Italian white grape behind Prosecco

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Godello

The other Galician white grape

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Graciano

Typically a supporting grape to Tempranillo in Spanish wines

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Grechetto

Typically the white grape behind Orvieto whites

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Grenache

A spanish grape that is the hero in many blends including Cote du Rhone

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Grignolino

Rarer Piedmont grape making lighter reds

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Groppello

Northern Italian red grape

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Gruner Veltliner

Austria's super star white grape

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Lagrein

Italian Alpine red grape that makes smooth rich reds

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Loureio

A fresh white grpe from Vinho Verde in Portugal

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Malbec

Argentine Icon with french roots

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Malvaisa Fina

A neutral white blending grape

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Malvasisa Nero

Typical used as a blend partner

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Marzemino

Northern Italian red grape

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Melon de Bourgogne

The grape behind Muscadet wines

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Mencia

Spain's answer to Pinot Noir

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Merlot

The best supporting actor that loves starring roles

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Mollinara

Another of Valpolicella's musketeers

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Monastrell / Mourvedre

the grape that brings a bit of Mediterranean magic to your glass

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Montepulciano

the grape that knows how to party, bringing joy, versatility, and a touch of Italian sunshine to vineyards and glasses alike

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Muller Thurgau

An Alpine white grape

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Muscat

One of the few wine grapes that can be pleasent to eat

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Nebbiolo

The legend behind Barolo and Barbaresco

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Negroamaro

The other Salento red.

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Nero D'Avola

The Sicilian red grape of renown.

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Nero Di Troia

The old Puglian workhorse turned regional hero

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Palomino

Synonymous with Sherry

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Pampanuto

Pampanuto is a Puglian white grape

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Pecorino

Not the Cheese but pairs well with the same!

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Petit Verdot

A powerful supporting actor in Bordeaux and other blends

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Petite Sirah

Petite Sirah, also known as Durif

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Pinot Blanc

The 3rd Pinot, produces fresh and fuller whites

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Pinot Grigio

Brilliant when done right!

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Pinot Meunier

The 3rd grape in Champagne

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Pinot Noir

Elegant, classy, difficult, beautiful, complex

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Pinotage

The South African Red Grape

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Primitivo / Zinfandel

Italy's Primitivo is California's Zinfandel

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Rabigato

A Portuguese white variety, whose name means the cat's tail

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Rabuso

The grape of Pink Prosecco

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Refosco

Red grape native to Friuli in Italy but also found in Slovenia

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Ribolla Gialla

Very classy white grape from Friuli in Italy

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Riesling

The elegant and classy German Grape Variety

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Rondinella

One of the Three Musketeers of Valpolicella

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Roussanne

This ancient varietal thrives in warm climates and is known for its ability to express terroir beautifully.

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Ruché

Ruché is a rare and captivating grape

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Rufete

Very rare Spanish red grape

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Sangiovese

The Italian red grae behind Chianti and Brunello

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Sauvignon Blanc

French grape from the Loire Valley that has become an Icon in New Zealand

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Scheurebe

Rare German white grape variety

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Semillon

Bordeaux white grape behind Sauternes

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Shiraz / Syrah

The french classic that is an Australian legend!

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Silvaner

A much maligned white grape from Germany that is finally getting a chance to shine

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Sousao

A portuguese red grape mainly used for port

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St. Laurent

Austrian red grape that is like a fuller Pinot Noir

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Tannat

Tannat the Malbec of Uruguay!

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Tempranillo / Tinta Roriz

The Spanish legend, the backbone of Rioja and Ribera del Duero wines

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Teroldego

Soft medium bodied Italian Alpine red grape

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Tinta Barroca

Lovely Portuguse blending red grape from Douro

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Tinta Francisca

A portuguse blending grape variety

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Torrontes

Torrontés, Argentina's aromatic treasure, is like a breath of fresh air in the world of wine.

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Touriga Franca

A great blending grape from Portugal

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Touriga Nacional

Portugals Nacional grape, like the name says!

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Trajadura

One of the more interesting Vinho Verde grapes

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Trebbiano

A regional hero all over Italy

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Turbiana

The grape behind all those wonderful Lugana whites

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Verdejo

The other great spanish white grape

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Vermintino

The wonderful whie grape of Sadinia

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Vernatsch / Schiava

A red grape variety primarily cultivated in the northern Italian region of Alto Adige

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Viognier

A Rhone hero that excels in Australia

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Viura

A refreshing Spanish white grape

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Zibibbo

The Zibibbo grape, also known as Muscat of Alexandria, is an ancient variety.

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Zweigelt

Austria's medium full red grape.