Grape guide

    Your no-nonsense guide to 25 common grapes, and the wines they make - with suggestions of great food matches.

    Red wine

    Red wine in glasses
    Barbera
    Can be cheap and cheerful or rich and complex - a good all rounder

    Cabernet Sauvignon
    A global classic - perhaps the most noble of the noble great varieties

    Gamay
    The grape behind Beaujolais - perfect summer drinking

    Grenache
    The flavour of summer holidays

    Malbec
    An increasingly popular grape after falling out of favour in recent years

    Merlot
    Produces hugely popular, easy to drink wines - perfect for a Friday night in

    Nebbiolo
    The James Dean of the Italian wine industry

    Negroamaro
    A regional speciality that's gaining international fame

    Pinot Noir
    A worldwide charmer, hard to grow but can produce wine of exceptional quality

    Pinotage
    South Africa's unique grape, created in 1925

    Sangiovese
    The basis of Tuscany's Chianti wine

    Syrah / Shiraz
    One of the international celebrities on the grape scene

    Tempranillo
    The most popular of Spanish red grapes

    Zinfandel
    A grape with a long history that produces dark, plummy wines

    White wine

    White wine in glass
    Albariño
    Spain's seafood white - drink it young, fresh and cold

    Chardonnay
    One of the few grape varieties that's become more famous than the wines made from it

    Chenin Blanc
    Could easily be classified as one of the great 'noble' grapes - find out about this grape's range

    Colombard
    An easy-to-grow stalwart of the supermarket bracket - the wine blender's favourite

    Gewürztraminer
    The wine student's favourite - packed with exotic aromas

    Muscat
    A grape with a long history - it actually tastes and smells of grapes

    Pinot Gris
    A grape that produces delicately floral wines

    Riesling
    The wine writer's favourite - this grape has capacity to produce great wines across the world

    Sauvignon Blanc
    Produces mouthwatering and fresh wines in a global charm offensive

    Semillon
    A chameleon grape and great mixer

    Viognier
    One of the great success stories of recent times

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