Varietal or Variety? July 13, 2016 15:26
Varietal or Variety?
Talking wine. Here is some insight into wine terminology of VARIETY and VARIETAL. These words sound close and are often incorrectly used.
- Definition of Variety is a kind of grape. Syrah, Viognier, Grenache, Cinsaut. So grapes growing here in Owl Hill Vineyard are of the SYRAH VARIETY.
- Definition of Varietal is a WINE named after a grape variety. The wine I make from the syrah variety and label Syrah is a SYRAH VARIETAL.
You see many varietal wines. Even ones I don’t make like Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel, Chardonnay.... By law these wines must be 75% of the grape variety stated on the label. My Varietals are 100% of the grape variety stated on the label.
Say “varietal” when you are referring to a wine.
Say “variety” when you a referring to a kind of grape.