Important white WIne Varieties

There are hundreds of white wine grape varieties.  About forty of them are described in the book What Varietal is That.  On sale late January 2019.

Pedro XimenzPedro Ximenez white wine variety

From the Andalucian region in Southern Spain this white wine grape makes darkly coloured sweet fortified wines. Pedro Ximenez is also used to make unfortified dry whites, alone or in blends.

Petit Manseng white wine variety makes Juracon

A white variety from SW France where it is a key ingredient of Jurancon and Pacherenc du Vic-Bihl white wines.  Petit Manseng is also grown in the Basque area of Spain. The Basques took it to Uruguay. Plenty of Aussie producers.

Pinot Blanc white wine variety

Really a clone of Pinot Noir bit not nearly so popular as it nor Pinot Grigio/Gris.  A sort of Cinderella variety whose slipper is being found by a number of enthusiastic winemakers and consumers

Pinot Gris is one of the varieties described in the What Varietal is That'  book,.

The Italian (Grigio) version version and copycat styles are wildly popular. Maybe the richer French styles, especially from Alsace are better wines. 

Rkatsiteli white wine variety is described in the book What Varietal is That?

Rkatsiteli was once much more popular but it is still the most widely planted grape in Russia and several other Eastern European countries - a tribute to its toughness and versatility.

Roussanne white wine variety is described in the book What Varietal is That?

Roussanne is one of a trio of important Rhone white wine varieties, the others being Marsanne and Viognier.

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