Controlled Appellations and their Permitted Grape Varieties

Appears in
Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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It is still impossible to tell from the labels of most geographically named wines which grape varieties were used to make them. The following is a unique guide to the varieties officially allowed into the world’s controlled appellations (therefore by no means all known wine names), listed by local name alphabetically by country, grouped where appropriate into alphabetically listed regions within that country. Italics denote minor grapes and the varieties are listed alphabetically, not in order of importance. R, W, P, and S denote red, white, pink, and sparkling wines respectively.