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Agiorgitiko (St. George's grape) is the most planted red wine variety in Greece.
White wine grape Albariño means “white from the Rhine”. In Portugal they call it Alvarinho.
Albariño / Alvarinho
Alfrocheiro Preto is a grape native to the Beira Alta, Portugal.
Bical is an early-ripening aromatic variety with scents of peach and apricot.
Blaufränkisch is a Central European red grape that’s most grown in Austria.
Malvasia Fina is grown throughout Portugal under a variety of names, but is typically known as Boal.
Boal / Malvasia Fina
The little-known Bobal is in fact the second most planted black grape in Spain.
An old French black grape whose homeland is Bordeaux and the central Loire Valley.
Home for this variety is the Bordeaux region of Western France.
Carignan was once the commonest black grape in Europe, covering vast areas of southern France and northern Spain
Cerceal Branco is found in Dão, Douro and Barraida.
Dominant in eastern France, Chardonnay produces all great white Burgundies.
Chenin Blanc is perhaps the world's most versatile white grape, producing wines ranging from bone-dry to intensely sweet.
Along with Carignan, Cinsault is perhaps the commonest black grape most people have never heard of.
Corvina is the best grape of Valpolicella.
Dornfelder is the second most planted black grape in Germany, proving popular in other cool climates, like Switzerland, Canada and England.
Encruzado is the best-known and best-regarded of white Dão varieties.
A native grape from the South of Italy, mostly in Campania and on the island of Sicily.
Hungary’s greatest native white grape, Furmint is the main variety used to make legendary dessert wine, Tokaji.
Strawberry-scented Gamay is the Beaujolais grape, and is not much planted elsewhere.
An ancient variety from north-east Italy, Garganega is the principal grape used in Soave.
Gewürztraminer is an intensely floral and tropical fruity grape. Needs cool climates and long autumns.
A characterful and full-bodied white grape from Umbria in central Italy.
Greco di Tufo favours volcanic soils, especially the tuff (compacted volcanic ash) found across much of Campania.
The red grape Grenache originated in northern Spain, where it is called Garnacha.
Grenache / Garnacha
A rare, ancient, pale red grape of Piemonte in northwest Italy.
Gros Manseng is a French variety, called Izkiriota Zuri Handia in Basque.
Hondarrabi Zuri is the most common grape in white Txakoli.
Hondarrabi Zuri / Courbu Blanc
Huxelrebe is one of many German crosses bred in the second quarter of the 20th century to ripen in sites where Riesling would not.
Japan’s signature grape, Koshu is believed to have originated in Asia Minor around a thousand years ago.
Listán Negro is a pale-skinned, high-acid, aromatic black grape.
This pale-skinned and aromatic variety is native to the Minho region of northwest Portugal.
Northern Spain’s most-planted white grape. Macabeo is a large part of the Cava blend.
Macabeo / Viura
An aromatic white variety from Greece today regarded as one of the country’s best.
Argentina’s signature grape, the intensely purple-black Malbec is originally from south-west France.
Malvasia Puntinata del Lazio, to give it its full title, is the best grape of the Italian region.
Malvasia del Lazio
Malvasia di Candia is a true Malvasia, with the peachy fruit and weighty palate characteristic of the family.
Malvasia di Candia
Istrska Malvazija is the variety native to the Istrian peninsula and best known for producing dry white wine.
The chief white grape of northern Rhône, after Viognier, is the full-bodied Marsanne.
Not found outside of the Loire Valley, but as its name suggests its origins lie in Burgundy.
Mélon de Bourgogne
The grape of Bierzo, in Spain’s Castilla y León region.
Mencía / Jaen
Widely planted all over the world, the fruity Merlot is a truly international variety that is used to create a number of different styles.
Pale-skinned, light-bodied Molinara brings freshness to the blends it is used in.
Montepulciano’s heartland is in Abruzzo on Italy’s west coast.
Mourvèdre / Monastrell / Mataro
Turkey's best-known native white grape variety.
One of the three black grapes from Puglia in Italy’s south-west, along with Primitivo and Nero di Troia.
The lesser of the two Nerellos that are native to northeastern Sicily, Nerello Cappuccio is also known as Nerello Mantellato.
Nerello Cappuccio / Mantellato
The firmer and longer-lived of the two Nerellos native to northeastern Sicily.
The most important black grape variety in Sicily, its name means “Black of Avola”.
Nero d'Avola / Calabrese
This grape is more properly known as Uva di Troia (Grape of Troy)
Nero di Troia
The least-known and least-planted of the red Bordeaux varieties.
A pale-skinned mutation of Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc is not really a separate variety at all.
Pinot Grigio is originally French but there is far more grown in Italy and so the Italian name has come to dominate.
Pinot Grigio / Gris
For many the greatest of all red wine grapes, and certainly one of the oldest.
Primitivo is grown throughout the region of Puglia, the “heel” of Southern Italy.
Riesling’s traditional home is Germany, followed by Alsace and Austria.
Rondinella is a fairly neutral variety, but does bring good colour and simple cherry fruit to a blend.
The thick-skinned Sagrantino is found only around Montefalco in Umbria, Italy.
Sangiovese is Italy’s most famous black grape, its home is Tuscany.
One of France’s oldest and best black grapes, now grown all over the world.
Syrah / Shiraz
Tempranillo is the best-known and most-planted Spanish black grape, responsible for the majority of Spain’s most famous reds
Tempranillo / Tinta Roriz
A black variety found in the northeast corner of the Adriatic Sea, largely in Istria.
Tintilla may be unique to the Canaries, but is most likely the same variety as Trousseau.
Tintilla / Trousseau / Bastardo
Argentina’s signature white grape – or rather, grapes, for the country has three different varieties called Torrontés Something.
Touriga Nacional is widely held to be Portugal’s finest black grape.
This is the traditional white variety of Abruzzo in east central Italy
Trebbiano Toscano comes, as the name suggests, from Tuscany.
A white grape from northwest Iberia, used by both Spain and Portugal.
Treixadura / Trajadura
This variety is mostly found in Italy, and is Sardinia's main white grape.
This powerful, deep-coloured and highly aromatic white variety hails from the northern Rhône valley of France.
The pale-skinned, late-ripening Xynisteri is native to Cyprus.
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