White Wine: Popular Types, Regions and Their Pronunciations

Explore popular white wine types until you find the one that tempts your taste buds. Though considered white, these white wines are very different from each other in terms of colour, aromas, and palate. This page discusses white wine styles by a variety of names, popular wine regions where they are mostly grown in Australia, and how to pronounce them right.

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Chardonnay [shahr-dn-ey]

Chardonnay grows mainly in Riverland, Murray Darling – Swan Hill, Riverina, Padthaway, and Adelaide Hills.

Gewurztraminer [guh-voo rts-truh-mee-ner]

Also called as Traminer, this white wine variety is grown widely in Riverina, Riverland, Big Rivers zone other, Padthaway, and Langhorne Creek.

Chenin Blanc [shen-in blahngk]

Chenin Blanc is planted well in Riverland, Swan District, Margaret River, Riverina, and Murray Darling – Swan Hill.

Colombard [kol-uh m-bahrd]

Columbard is widely planted in Riverland, Murray Darling – Swan Hill, Riverina, Lower Murray zone, and Adelaide Plains

Marsanne [mɑh-say-n]

Riverina, Goulburn Valley, Barossa Valley, Heathcote, and Big Rivers zone are top five regions where Marsanne was mainly crushed in 2017.

Muscat [muhs-kuh-t]

Riverina, Riverland, Murray Darling – Swan Hill, Big Rivers zone, and Barossa Valley showed a huge success in Muscat variety.

Pinot Grigio [Pee-no gree-zo]

Murray Darling – Swan Hill, Riverina, King Valley, Adelaide Hills, and Riverland are top five regions showing growth in Pinot Grigio.

Riesling [reez-ling]

Top five regions where Riesling was highly crushed last year include Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Riverina, Riverland, and Langhorne Creek.

Sauvignon Blanc [soh-vin-yohn blahngk]

Murray Darling – Swan Hill, Riverland, Riverina, Adelaide Hills, and Margaret River topped the crushing of SB in 2017.

Semillon [sey-mee-yohn]

Riverina, Murray Darling – Swan Hill, Riverland, Margaret River, and Barossa Valley are major regions where a really large quantity of Semillon was crushed last year.

Verdelho [vehr-DEH-lyoh]

Riverina, Riverland, Swan District, Hunter, and Murray Darling – Swan Hill wine regions produced a huge quantity of Verdelho wines in 2017.

Vermentino [ver-mehn-TEE-noh]

Riverland, Murray Darling – Swan Hill, Riverina, Barossa Valley, and Heathcote were the top regions for Vermentino crush.

Viognier [VI-og-nier]

Riverland, Riverina, Murray Darling – Swan Hill, Barossa Valley, and Eden Valley are five regions where Viognier wine was highly produced in 2017.

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The Basics of Red Wine Types You Should Know

From the eclectic lush greens and cool climates of Southern Australia to the warmer states of Western and Northern Australia, red wines are produced almost everywhere in this smallest continent of the world. Here are some basics that will help you to identify the red wine types of Australia.

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The Grape Variety

The dominant grape variety listed on the label is what designates the type to a wine. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Malbec, Grenache, and Tempranillo are some famous varieties used for making wine types red.

Cool Climate and Warm Climate Wines

The regions experiencing cool climate produce varieties that have different flavours when compared to those from warmer regions. Influenced by higher elevations, water bodies and sunlight, the cool climate wines are low on tannins and alcohol. Gamay and Pinot Noir are the two popular cool-climate red wine types. On the other side, the warm climate wines have deeper red colour, higher alcohol contents, and are more tannic. Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Mourvedre are warm-climate red wine types.

Single Varietals and Blended Wines

Single varietals are the wines made from 100% fruit of a single variety. Blended wines are crafted from two or more than two grape varieties. Most of the New World wines are named after the variety or varieties used to craft a wine, while the Old World utilises the region in the name of the wine. Australian wines use both region and the variety to provide clarity about the wine specifications. For example, the wine crafted from Shiraz and Merlot from Barossa Valley will have Shiraz Merlot Barossa Valley featured on its label.

The Impact of Terroir

The structure of the soil and the climatic conditions define the terroir of a region. The impact of a terroir can be easily noticed in the wines produced in that particular region. The adaptability of grape vines to the climate of the region along with the viticultural practices followed by the wine producer determines the aromas, flavours and tannins of the wine. A red wine type which produces light-bodied wine in one part of a country can produce medium bodied wine in another region of the same country or vice versa. Both red wine types will have different tastes as well. This all happens because of the varied terroirs.

Tips for a wine date

Why do people drink wine on dates? This might be because wine symbolizes love and make the day seem more romantic. However, while on date one should be careful not to spoil it. Here are few tips to keep in mind while on the romantic date –

  • Don’t order wine by your own but ask your date what would he/she like to have.
  • Order food that pairs well with wine. You can ask for help from wine waiter on which food will compliment best with your wine
  • Do not overdo on your drinks. Drink slowly. The main purpose should be to enjoy the evening.
  • Do not overthink. Keep the conversation light and easy for both while enjoying the wine.  Let the conversation built up. And Remember –
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Wine Quote – Igniting the passion

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Wine has been used by writers to put their creative juices to action for centuries.  So, how does wine help in enhancing the creativity?

Wine lets your mind wander and help in finding the alternative solutions. It can help in searching for the solution that might have been locked or hidden in the deeper recesses of the mind.

So, the next time you are stuck on a problem, relax and take a sip of wine and let the wine work its magic!

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Choosing Your Wine: Aspects That Influence Your Wine Choices

It’s quite difficult for anyone who loves wines to celebrate an event without his favourite drink. After all, wines taste delicious by all means. There are loads of varieties available for all those who find their tastes different from the rest. They have to check the types of wine list to choose a wine they find fit for their taste. And given the numbers, the varieties of wines have actually been able to gather a lot of interest worldwide. In Australia alone, the numbers have scaled up over the past few years. The production too has gone up subsequently, thereby allowing people from other nations to try the brilliant and exotic flavours of Australian wines.

How Do You Choose Your Wine?

You may have a varying perspective on it from what others have. There are so many things good and great about every bottle of wine. You may find a particular flavour to suit your taste, the wine type, the region it was produced, the vintage, the aroma, the fermentation process, the alcohol density, or even the label and packaging of the bottle. How do you give weightage to all these aspects? What exactly seems to work the best for most? Let’s find out

Shopping from available types of wine list

  • Visit wine shops around you, speak with them. This way, you will learn more about several wine brands, which are popular and which are not, and every other large and small detail about wine bottles.
  • Learn about the different wine types from wherever you can. Wine retailers generally are a great source to help you. You can also speak with some wine enthusiasts to learn more about the different flavours of wines.
  • Choose a wine according to the wine region it came from. This is probably the first preference of most wine lovers. Make sure you know the detail well before you order your wine.
  • Check for the contents of the wine. This will check for the different wine aspects like its flavour, mouthfeel, aroma, as well as the foods you can pair it up with. These aspects include
    • Tannins
    • Alcohol content of the wine
    • Aroma of the wine when you fill it in a glass
    • Food pairings to go with the wine

You must also get carried away by a discount deal if you come across one. It may be due to an expired wine or a wine that doesn’t taste that good. It could be anything, so always make sure to do your research first before placing your order.

Single Varietal Wine Tutorial: Pinot Noir vs Cabernet Sauvignon vs Shiraz

Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Shiraz – all three of them are very popular wine varieties of Australia. All of them also happen to be Red. When poured into glasses, the single varietals of these wines look very similar. So how can you identify them in a blind tasting? This wine tutorial will help you gain some basic knowledge when you are stuck and can’t proceed with Pinot Noir vs Cabernet Sauvignon vs Shiraz.

Appearance

Arrange the glasses in a row and observe the colour. The one with the lightest colour intensity will be Pinot Noir. This is the simplest way to differentiate Pinot Noir from Cabernet and Shiraz. Moving forward, Cab Sauv and Shiraz wines are medium to full-bodied wines and look very similar in terms of appearance. So, for further identification, swirl the two glasses (except the one identified as Pinot Noir). The one with purple tints will be Shiraz and the one with crimson hues would be Cabernet Sauvignon. Move to aromas, if not able to differentiate between Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

Aroma

Sniff the glasses carefully one by one. Observe the aromas. Pinot Noir releases fruity aromas of strawberries, raspberries and red cherries. Then move to Cabernet Sauvignon and notice the difference between the intensity. Cabernet has notes of black fruits instead of red. The Cab Sauv wine will have notes of blackcurrants, dark plums and black cherries. Shiraz, on another hand, can be easily identified for its peppery aromas infused with fragrances of berries, currants and even chocolate. If confused, taste the wine and give your final verdict after identifying the flavours of Pinot Noir, Cabernet and Shiraz.

Palate

Make sure all the three wines are dry and not sweet. Taste the Pinot Noir first for perfect comparison. Assess each wine carefully on its body, tannin, acidity, alcohol level, flavour intensity, and length. The one with the lightest body is Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir would be more acidic in comparison to Cab Sauv and Shiraz. Shiraz will have high alcohol level than Cab Sauv.

This way, you can easily give your verdict on blind tasting Pinot Noir vs Cabernet Sauvignon vs Shiraz. Do share if this wine tutorial helped you or not in the comments section below.

Test Your Knowledge of the Most Popular Wine Types in Australia

“Statistics reveal that the number of wine drinkers is going down across the world. The wine production of every wine type, on the other hand, is on the rise, and may well lead to the stocking of surplus wines all over. Let’s join hands to not let that happen and drink as much wine as we can.” That does sound like an alarming news, right? Well, that is not really a fact but more of an outcome of my imagination and the reason I give to sip on my favourite wines. Did I get you with this fake update? I bet I did!

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But that is not the point here. We Aussies are blessed to have direct access to some of the best wines in the world. Many of these wines have won accolades globally, establishing the might of Australian wines the world over. You can pick any wine type, and it’s certain that we have a range available for that wine well within our shores.
Know your wine
How well do you know your wine, though? And we are definitely not asking for the details. We just mean if you can tell the prime ingredient (the fruit) of a wine, and can tell the names of the most popular Australian wines. If you are trying to guess every wine type now, do sit down with a pen and paper and write down the names you can think of. Read on only if you have completed this list or would like to skip to the next section already.
Here’s our list
Okay, now here’s a quick list of the segregation of every popular wine type we believe is worth it. Read on to know and compare how many of these you could recall, missed, or may want to add to this list.

  1. Red Wines
  • Cabernet Merlot
  • Malbec
  • Shiraz
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Grenache
  • Pinot Noir

2. White Wines

  • Verdelho
  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Gris
  • Riesling
  • Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
  • Sauv Blanc

3. Sparkling Wines

  • Prosecco
  • Sparkling White
  • Sparkling Red
  • Pinot Noir Chardonnay
  • Pinot Grigio
  • White Moscato

 

4. Rose Wines

5. Dessert Wines

6. Fruit Wines

7. Organic Wines

8. Vegan Wines