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What is wine? – Wine Folly

Go back to wine basics with Wine Folly's guide...

Decanter.com has teamed up with the publisher of Wine Folly’s book, A visual guide to the world of wine, to bring you several excerpts on understanding wine.

What is wine?

What is wine

Wine is an alcoholic beverage made with fermented grapes. Technically, wine can be made with any fruit, but most wines are made with wine grapes…

Wine grapes

What is wine

Wine grapes are different to table grapes. They are much smaller, they have seeds and they are also sweeter than table grapes.


What is wine

Grapevines take a year to grow grapes. The wine harvest in the northern hemisphere is August to October, and the harvest in the southern hemisphere is February – April.

Vintage wine

What is wine

Vintage refers to the year when the grapes were harvested. Non-vintage (NV) wines are a blend of several harvests.

Single varietal wine

What is wine

A single varietal wine is made with one grape variety (e.g. Pinot Noir).

Wine blend

What is wine

A wine blend is made by mixing several wines together (e.g. Bordeaux blend).


What is wine

A temperate climate is where grapes grow best. In North America, grapes frow from northern Mexico to southern Canada.


What is wine

Regions with cooler climates make wines that taste more tart.

What is wine

Regions with warmer climates make wines that taste more ripe.


Taken from Wine Folly: A visual guide to the world of wine. Buy now from Amazon UK// Amazon US.

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