How Wines Are Named

Wines are frequently named after the place where their grapes were grown or their main grape variety. Use the chart below to identify your favorite regions and varietals.

Wine Named After Color Grape Variety Growing Regions
Amarone Place Red Corvina + Rondinella + Molinara Valpolicella in the Veneto, Italy
Barbaresco Place Red Nebbiolo Barbaresco in Piedmont, Italy
Barbera Place Red Barbera Piedmont, Italy
Barolo Place Red Nebbiolo Barolo in Piedmont, Italy
Beaujolais Place Red Gamay Beaujolais in Burgundy, France
Bordeaux Place Red Cabernet Sauvignon + Merlot + Cabernet Franc + Petite Verdot + Malbec Bordeaux, France
    White Sémillon + Sauvignon Blanc  
Brunello di Montalcino Place Red Brunello (Sangiovese clone) Montalcino in Tuscany, Italy
Burgundy / Bourgogne Place Red Pinot Noir Burgundy, France
    White Chardonnay  
Cabernet Franc Grape Red Cabernet Franc Bordeaux, Chinon and Bourgueil in the Loire, France
Cabernet Sauvignon Grape Red Cabernet Sauvignon Bordeaux, France
California, United States
Chile
Chablis Place White Chardonnay Chablis in Burgundy, France
Champagne Place White/
Rose
Chardonnay + Pinot Noir + Pinot Meunier Champagne, France
Chardonnay Grape White Chardonnay Champagne, France
Chablis, Côte de Beaune and Mâcon in Burgundy, France
United States
Australia
New Zealand
Chenin Blanc Grape White Chenin Blanc Vouvray in the Loire, France
Chianti Place Red Sangiovese Chianti in Tuscany, Italy
Chinon Place Red Cabernet Franc Chinon in the Loire, France
Condrieu Place White Viognier Northern Rhône Valley, France
Côtes du Rhône Place Red Grenache + Syrah Rhône Valley, France
Dolcetto Grape Red Dolcetto Piedmont, Italy
Gamay Grape Red Gamay Beaujolais in Burgundy, France
Gewürztraminer Grape White Gewürztraminer Alsace, France
Grenache / Garnacha Grape Red/
Rose
Grenache Southern Rhône Valley, France
Garnacha Navarra and Rioja, Spain
Malbec Grape Red Malbec Bordeaux, France
Argentina
Marsanne Grape White Marsanne Northern Rhône Valley, France
California, United States
Australia
Merlot Grape Red Merlot Bordeaux, especially Pomerol and St. Emilion, France
Chile
Northern Italy
Washington and California, United States
Mosel Grape White Riesling Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Rheingau, Germany
Mourvedre Grape Red Mourvedre Southern France
Monastrell Spain
Mataro California, United States
Muscat Grape White Muscat Alsace, France
Moscato Asti in Piedmont, Italy
Nebbiolo Grape Red Nebbiolo Barolo and Barbaresco in Piedmont, Italy
Petite Sirah Grape Red Petite Sirah California, United States
Pinot Blanc Grape White Pinot Blanc Alsace, France
Pinot Grigio Grape White Pinot Grigio Friuli, Trentino-Alto-Adige and Veneto, Italy
Pinot Gris Grape White Pinot Gris Alsace, France
Pinot Noir Grape Red Pinot Noir Burgundy, France
Oregon and California, United States
Pouilly-Fuissé Place White Chardonnay Pouilly-Fuissé in Mâcon, Burgundy, France
Pouilly Fumé Place White Sauvignon Blanc Loire, France
Rhône, Northern Place Red Syrah Northern Rhône Valley, France
    White Viognier, Marsanne + Rousanne  
Rhône, Southern Place Red Grenache + Syrah Southern Rhône Valley, France
    White Marsanne + Rousanne  
Ribera del Duero Place Red Tempranillo + Garnacha Ribera del Duero, Spain
Riesling Grape White Riesling Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Rheingau, Germany
Alsace, France
Rioja Place Red Tempranillo + Garnacha Rioja, Spain
Roussanne Grape White Roussanne Rhône Valley, France
Sancerre Place White Sauvignon Blanc Sancerre in the Loire, France
Sangiovese Grape Red Sangiovese Tuscany, Italy
Sauternes Place White Semillon + Sauvignon Blanc Sauternes in Bordeaux, France
Sauvignon Blanc /
Fumé Blanc
Grape White Sauvignon Blanc Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé in the Loire, France
Bordeaux, France
New Zealand
California, United States
Sémillon Grape White Sémillon Bordeaux and Sauternes, France
Australia
Syrah / Shiraz Grape Red Syrah Northern Rhône Valley, France
California, United States
Shiraz Australia
Tempranillo Grape Red Tempranillo Rioja and Ribera del Duero, Spain
Valpolicella Place Red Corvina + Rondinella + Molinara Valpolicella in the Veneto, Italy
Vino Nobile di
Montepulciano
Place Red Sangiovese Montepulciano in Tuscany, Italy
Viognier Grape White Viognier Northern Rhône Valley, France
Vouvray Place White Chenin Blanc Vouvray in the Loire, France
Zinfandel Grape Red/
Rose
Zinfandel California, United States
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