Vine varieties

Appears in
Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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vine varieties, distinct types of vine within one species of the vine genus vitis (see also botanical classification). Different vine varieties produce different varieties of grape, so that the terms vine variety and grape variety are used almost interchangeably. Each variety of vine, or grape, may produce distinct and identifiable styles and flavours of wine. Vine variety is cépage in French, cepa in Spanish, Rebsorte in German, vitigno in Italian., and casta in Portuguese. Professional botanists favour the term grapevine cultivars.