European Wine Regions(Old World Wine)

Knowing the names of Wine Regions outside the U.S. is important to understand if you’re looking to branch out and try Old World Wine or European Wine.

Since most Old World Wine is labeled by where the wine is made rather than the varietal it’s made with, it’s essential to know what grapes are grown in each place so that you know what wine you’re buying/drinking.

Wine Regions and Their Major Grapes

FRANCE

  • Bordeaux
    • Red Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot
    • White Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon
  • Burgundy
    • Red Grapes: Pinot Noir and Gamay
    • White Grapes: Chardonnay
  • Rhone River Valley
    • Red Grapes: Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre
    • White Grapes: Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc
  • Loire River Valley
    • White Grapes: Chenin Blanc, Muscadet and Sauvignon Blanc
    • Red Grapes: Cabernet Franc
  • Languedoc – Roussillon
    • Red Grapes: Syrah, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon
    • White Grapes: Viognier and Chardonnay
  • Alsace
    • White Grapes: Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Blanc and Sylvaner
    • Red Grapes: Pinot Noir

SPAIN

  • Ribera Del Duero
    • Red Grapes: Tempranillo(Tinto del Pais) and Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Rias Baixas
    • White Grapes: Albarino
  • Rioja
    • Red Grapes: Tempranillo, Mazuelo(Carinena), Garciano and Garnacha
    • White Grapes: Viura(Macabeu), Malvasia and Garnacha
  • Penedes
    • Red Grapes: Garnacha, Monastrell, Carinena, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
    • White Grapes: Parellada, Macabeo, Xarel-lo, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer
  • Priorat
    • Red Grapes:  Garnacha and Carinena
  • La Mancha
    • White Grapes:  Airen
    • Red Grapes:  Cencibel(Tempranillo)

PORTUGAL

  • Vinho Verde
    • White Grapes: Alvarinho(same as Albarino in Spain)
  • Douro
    • Red Grapes: Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz(Red Wine and Port)
  • Dao
    • Red Grapes: Touriga Nacional
    • White Grapes: Encruzado
  • Bairrada
    • Red Grapes: Baga

ITALY

  • Tuscany
    • Red Grapes:  Sangiovese(Prugnolo Gentile, Brunello), Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
    • White Grapes:  Chardonnay, Trebbiano, Malvasia, Sauvignon Blanc and Vernaccia
  • Veneto
    • Red Grapes:  Corvina, Molinara, Rondinella, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Negrara
    • White Grapes:  Chardonnay, Prosecco, Trebbiano, Garganega, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio
  • Trentino Alto-Adige
    • Red Grapes:  Lagrein, Teroldego, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Schiava and Lambrusco
    • White Grapes:  Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Muller-Thurgau
  • Piemonte
    • Red Grapes:  Nebbiolo(Barolo & Barbaresco), Barbera and Dolcetto
    • White Grapes:  Moscato, Arneis and Cortese
  • Marche
    • Red Grapes:  Lacrima and Montepulciano
    • White Grapes:  Verdicchio and Vernaccia
  • Friuli
    • Red Grapes:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Refosco and Schioppettino
    • White Grapes:  Chardonnay, Picolit, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Ribolla, Sauvignon Blanc and Tocai Friulano
  • Campania
    • Red Grapes:  Aglianico
    • White Grapes:  Greco, Falanghina and Fiano
  • Basilicata
    • Red Grapes:  Aglianico
    • White Grapes:  Moscato and Malvasia
  • Umbria
    • Red Grapes:  Sagrantino, Sangiovese and Canaiolo
    • White Grapes:  Grechetto and Trebbiano
  • Abruzzo
    • Red grapes:  Montepulciano
    • White Grapes:  Trebbiano

GERMAN

  • Mosel
    • White Grapes:  Riesling and Elbling
  • Rheinhessen
    • White Grapes:  Muller-Thurgau, Silvaner, Riesling and Kerner
  • Rheingau
    • White Grapes:  Riesling and Muller-Thurgau
    • Red Grapes:  Spatburgunder(Pinot Noir)
  • Pfalz
    • Red Grapes:  Spatburgunder(Pinot Noir), Portugieser and Dornfelder
    • White Grapes:  Scheurebe, Riesling

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