Uncommon Grape Varieties

Test your Knowledge on Rare, Uncommon Grape Varieties

  1. Sagrantino:

    • Origin: Central Italy
    • Characteristics: Deep color, high tannin, and a complex bouquet of dark fruits and earthy notes.
  2. Mencia:

    • Origin: Northwestern Spain
    • Characteristics: Medium-bodied, with floral aromas, red fruit flavors, and a herbaceous quality.
  3. Tannat:

    • Origin: Southwestern France, popular in Uruguay
    • Characteristics: Rich and tannic, known for dark, robust flavors with blackberry and spice notes.
  4. Grüner Veltliner:

    • Origin: Austria
    • Characteristics: Crisp and refreshing, with flavors of green pepper, citrus, and white pepper.
  5. Godello:

    • Origin: Northwestern Spain
    • Characteristics: Aromatic, with a palate of peach, apricot, and sometimes mineral qualities.
  6. Xinomavro:

    • Origin: Greece
    • Characteristics: High acidity and tannin levels, flavors of red fruits, olives, and spices.
  7. Albariño:

    • Origin: Northwestern Spain and Portugal
    • Characteristics: Aromatic, with notes of peach, citrus, and sometimes a saline quality.
  8. Petit Manseng:

    • Origin: Southwestern France
    • Characteristics: High in acidity, often used for sweet wines, with tropical fruit and honey flavors.
  9. Aglianico:

    • Origin: Southern Italy
    • Characteristics: Full-bodied, with firm tannins and flavors of dark fruits, chocolate, and earth.
  10. Picpoul (Piquepoul):

    • Origin: Southern France
    • Characteristics: Light and lively, with citrus and floral notes, and a refreshing acidity.

These grape varieties, while less common than the likes of Cabernet Sauvignon or Chardonnay, offer a unique range of flavors and characteristics that can provide a refreshing change for wine enthusiasts.


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