Long Island Wine Country Varietals
Albariño

The grape is noted for its distinctive aroma, very similar to that of Viognier, Gewurztraminer, and Petit Manseng, suggesting apricot and peach. The wine produced is unusually light, and generally high in acidity with alcohol levels of 11.5–12.5%. ... <more>
Blaufränkisch

Blaufränkisch (German for blue Frankish) is a dark-skinned variety of grape used for red wine. A late-ripening variety, it produces red wines which are typically rich in tannin and may exhibit a pronounced spicy character.

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Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc is one of the major black grape varieties worldwide. It is principally grown for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the Bordeaux style, but can also be vinified alone, as in the Loire's Chinon. In addition to being used in ... <more>
Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world's most widely recognized red wine grape varieties. It is grown in nearly every major wine producing country among a diverse spectrum of climates from Canada's Okanagan Valley to Lebanon's Beqaa Valley. Cabernet ... <more>
Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety used to make white wine. It originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France but is now grown wherever wine is produced, from England to New Zealand. For new and developing wine regions, growing Cha... <more>
Gewürztraminer

The name Gewurztraminer literally means "Spice Traminer" or "Perfumed Traminer", and originally comes from the Alsace region in France. This grape variety is a mutation of the Traminer from South Tyrol, in northern Italy. Gewürztraminer is an aromat... <more>
Lagrein

Lagrein is a red wine grape variety native to the valleys of South Tyrol, northern Italy. Along with Marzemino, it is a descendant of Teroldego, and related to Syrah, Pinot noir and Dureza. The name suggests its origins lie in the Lagarina valley of ... <more>
Malbec

Malbec is a purple grape variety that tends to have an inky dark color and robust tannins, and is known as one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine. The Malbec grape is a thin-skinned grape and needs more sun and heat than eith... <more>
Merlot

Merlot is a dark blue-coloured wine grape, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. The name Merlot is thought to be a diminutive of merle, the French name for the blackbird, probably a reference to the color of... <more>
Muscat

The Muscat variety of grapes of the species Vitis vinifera is widely grown for wine, raisins and table grapes. Their color ranges from white to near black. Muscat almost always has a pronounced sweet floral aroma. Muscat grapes are grown aro... <more>
Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot is a variety of red wine grape, principally used in classic Bordeaux blends. It ripens much later than the other varieties in Bordeaux, often too late, so it fell out of favour in its home region. When it does ripen, it is added in small... <more>
Pinot Grigio (Pinot Gris)

Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio is a white wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. Thought to be a mutant clone of the Pinot noir grape, it normally has a grayish-blue fruit, accounting for its name (gris meaning "grey" in Fren... <more>
Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a black wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. The name may also refer to wines created predominantly from Pinot Noir grapes. The name is derived from the French words for pine and black; the pine alluding to the gra... <more>
Refosco

Refosco is a very old Italian family of dark-skinned grape varieties native to the northern Italian and neighbouring areas of Friuli, Gavi, Trentino, Istria, and Karst Plateau. The wines this grape yields can be quite powerful and tannic, with a deep... <more>
Riesling

A white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region of Germany, Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. It is used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet and sparkling white wines. Rie... <more>
Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is a green-skinned grape variety that originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape most likely gets its name from the French words sauvage ("wild") and blanc ("white") due to its early origins as an indig... <more>
Sémillon

Semillon is a golden-skinned grape used to make dry and sweet white wines, mostly in France and Australia. Sémillon, which is relatively easy to cultivate, consistently produces high yields per acre from its vigorous vines. It is fairly resistant to... <more>
Syrah (Shiraz)

Syrah (also known as shiraz), is a dark-skinned grape grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce red wine. Syrah is used as a varietal and is also blended. Following several years of strong planting, Syrah was estimated to be the world'... <more>
Tocai Fruilano

Medium-bodied, aromatic, dry white. Pale straw-yellow, Tocai Friulano carries an enticing nuance of wildflowers and pears. It is broadly flavored and can offer notes of herbs and citrus. Very nicely balanced acidity heightens the flavors and gives it... <more>