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The Different Types of Wine


All wines can be organized into five basic groups. Within each group there are hundreds of different grape varieties and winemaking techniques!

Sparkling Wine

A style of winemaking involving a secondary fermentation that makes bubbles! Sparkling wine can be red, white, or rosé and ranges from lean and dry to rich and sweet. All Champagne is sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne.

White Wine

A still wine produced from white and occasionally black grapes. Flavors in white wines span from light to rich. White wine is primarily made with white grapes, and the skins are separated from the juice before the fermentation process.

Red Wine

Still wine made with black grapes. Red wines range from light to bold. Red wine is made with darker red or black grapes, and the skins remain on the grapes during the fermentation process.

Fortified Wine

SA style of winemaking involving fortifying wine with spirits. Typically, dessert wines taste sweet, but many dry, fortified wines exist, such as dry Sherry. Also called "Dessert Wine."

Rose Wine

Still wine from black grapes produced by removing the skins before they stain the wine deep red. Rosé is also made by blending red and white wine together. Both dry and sweet styles of rosé are common.