Whether you like your wine on the sweeter side, or a glass of something zesty, there is a white wine out there for you. There are many different types of white wine on the market. Pour yourself a glass of wine, and let's learn about the seven most popular types of white wine together!
How many types of white wine are there?
Although you most often hear about the same types of wine over and over again, there are over 20 different white grape varieties from around the world. You may find yourself always buying the same bottle chardonnay or sauvignon blanc, so it's time to learn about the different types of white wine. With so many different options, you might find your new favorite on this list! Here are the seven most popular types of white wine.
One of the most popular white wine grapes in the world is the Chardonnay grape. Chardonnay originated in the Burgundy region of France, but the grapes can also be grown in California and Australia. In fact, California had 93,148 acres dedicated to growing Chardonnay grapes in 2018. This type of white wine will taste dry, with fruity favors like apple and lemon, papaya, and pineapple. Chardonnay can taste slightly different depending on where it's grown and how it's made.
Another popular white wine, Sauvignon blanc is known for its crisp, dry, refreshing flavors. Depending on where and how it was made, it can also give off notes of sweet floral, or earthy grass. This type of wine originated in the wine growing region of Bordeaux in France.
Semillion is another white wine grape that hails from France's legendary Bordeaux wine region. This golden-skinned grape creates a full-bodied wine. It's also made in Australia, New Zealand, Chile, South Africa, and Argentina. Depending on where the grapes were grown, Semillion can take on fruity flavors like lemon and green apple, or rich flavors like creamy oak.
Moscato is a sweet Italian wine that comes from Muscat grapes. This type of white wine has a low alcohol content and a small amount of fizz. Moscato has a lower alcohol content than some other white wines, with an average of 5-7% ABV. This type of wine usually tastes like sweet fruit such as pineapple, mandarin orange, and peach.
Pinot Grigio is also known as 'Pinot Gris.' This white wine is made from a white grape variety from the same family as Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir. The color of this type of wine is often deep golden yellow, because the grape skins are actually rose colored, as opposed to yellow or golden, like other white grapes. Pinot Grigio wine that comes from Italy is often lighter bodied and acidic. Pinot Grigio that hails from France is usually more spicy and full bodied.
You may or may not have heard about this type of wine, named after the German-speaking province of Italy. Gewurztraminer is often referred to as 'Gewürz' by English speakers. Don't let the intense name scare you, because this wine couldn't be more delicious. Pop open a bottle and get ready for the unmistakable scent of lychee. Gewurztraminer usually has a sweet flavors like grapefruit, rose, and ginger.
Riesling is among the top three white wine grape varieties in the world. It originated in the Rhine region of Germany. This type of white wine has intense aromas of nectarine, crisp apple, honeycomb, and pear. The traditional Riesling is on the sweeter side, but today there are a hefty amount of dry options as well. Riesling is almost never combined with other grape varieties, unlike a lot of other white wines.
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