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Wine Wisdoms #30: Vinifera, Vinifer-Who?

Friday, May 8th, 2009 at 12:10:04 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Vitis Vinifera Grapevine

Vitis Vinifera is the species of grapevine that is used to make most of the world’s fine wine. While there are many grapevine species, most are harvested for grapes  and grapejuice alone and are not suitable for winemaking. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, Syrah, Tempranillo, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Semillon, and most other grape varieties (there are thousands!) are all of the vitis vinifera species. Each variety of vitis vinifera can have many clones too, contributing even further to the wonderful complexity of wine!

Some other common grapevine species are: Vitis Labrusca and Vitis Riparia

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