8 Most Popular Types of Wine Varieties - Cape Wine Country
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8 Most Popular Types of Wine Varieties

So, we all know that wine is made from grapes, but contrary to popular belief, the grapes that are used to make wine, are not the same as the table grapes (vitis labrusca) we find at the local supermarket. The grapes cultivated to make wine are very small, very sweet and have seeds and a thick skin – (vitus verifa).


Although only a handful of wine grape variations are commonly grown and cultivated across the globe, there are in fact more than 1,200 different varieties of wine grapes.

Before we look into the most commonly grown wine grapes, let’s take to task, the difference between a single variety wine and a wine blend.

A single variety wine (also known as a varietal wine) is made with one type of grape. A wine blend is made with several different wine grape varieties, in most wine growing areas you will notice that wine blends are often named after the wine growing region they originated from. Our homegrown “Cape Blends” include Bordeaux Style Blends with Pinotage featuring strongly (sometimes up to 70%).

Did you know? Pinotage PIN-ə-tahzh is a red wine grape that is South Africa’s signature variety. It was bred here in 1925 as a cross between Pinot noir and Cinsaut.

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