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Chardonnay is a beautifully versatile grape that does well both in warm and cool climates, with or without oak aging. Similarly, it produces an array of flavours: citrus, apple, peach and more tropical fruits such as pineapple and melon. Winemakers also use oak and other techniques to add buttery and toasty notes. The chalky soils of the Champagne region in France are perfect for growing Chardonnay; here the grapes are blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier to produce the world-renowned champagne.
This white grape variety produces a highly aromatic wine with an array of flavours including lemon, green apple, gooseberries, asparagus and passion fruit. Sauvignon Blanc wines are typically fresh, crisp and usually best consumed when young. Grown all around the world, Sauvignon's traditional home is the Loire Valley in France but more recently it has become famous as the signature grape of Marlborough in New Zealand.
Although it's most famously produced in Italy, this popular grape is now grown globally. Wines made using Pinot Grigio will vary depending on the region they are from, but are usually light and aromatic in style, with pear, honey and citrus fruit flavours. A good wine on its own, its gentle flavours match seafood, white meats and spicy Asian cuisine.
A very aromatic and flavourful white grape variety, Riesling can produce everything from bone-dry to lusciously sweet wines. With flavours of citrus, lime, honey and the occasional hint of spice, this grape produces wines that can be enjoyed young but as it has natural high acidity, some of the finer examples can age for many years.
Grown predominantly in the Loire Valley in France and South Africa, this versatile white grape variety lends itself to many styles of wine: sweet, dry, oak-aged and sparkling. It generally produces a fresh, fruity wine with notes of peach, nuts, sometimes honey and citrus, which is a hallmark of its refreshing acidity.
Grown primarily in Austria, and celebrated as one of the country’s most important grapes, Grüner Veltliner produces elegant and characterful wines that tend to be fresh and aromatic with both floral and spicy notes, often of pear and white pepper. It's usually an incredibly versatile food match.
This beautifully aromatic white grape originated in France's Rhône Valley but can now be found all over the world. It produces wines with distinctive apricot and peach flavours, floral aromas and warming notes of spice. Wines made from Viognier have a rounded texture in the mouth and are usually best consumed when relatively young.
The white Gewürztraminer grape originates from the Alsace region in France and tends to perform best in cooler climates. It has aromatic notes of rose petal, violet and passion fruit with refreshing flavours of lychee and guava, and usually produces off-dry wines thanks to its high natural sugar content. Often Gewürztraminer wines are a great accompaniment to Asian cuisine - the sweetness offsets the spice in these dishes.
This golden-skinned grape is most commonly grown in France and Australia, where it is appreciated for the toasty, honeyed character it adds to a wine as it ages. In Bordeaux, this aging potential is most often seen in the sweet wines of Sauternes, where it is commonly blended with Sauvignon Blanc. Semillon is also often used as a blending partner for Chardonnay, where it can contribute a crisp, citrusy edge.
Albariño is an aromatic white grape variety grown predominantly near the Atlantic shores of north west Spain and northern Portugal. It produces wines with notes of peach and apricot, floral and honey aromas and a refreshing finish. With its origins near the coast, it’s no surprise this wine pairs well with seafood.