The Wine Buyer created this alphabetical list of wine "names" along with
color, place and grape to help you decipher what's in a wine! In the US, most
wines are labeled with what grapes are used to make the wine (there are some
notable exceptions!). However, in other parts of the world, especially in
Europe, many wines are named for their location, appellation, village, etc. In
some cases, we've listed both reds and whites for a "name" if there are good
wines made from another varietal. We also indicate if the wine is sweet if
that's what the area/name is known for. Note that for Bordeaux, France we've
listed the appellation/village names for most of the important ones but not
the individual chateau. And in Burgundy it is possible that you won't find the
village on the label if it's a Grand Cru wine. However, most of the Grand Cru
have the name (or part of the name) of the village incorporated in their name,
like the Grand Cru Charmes-Chambertin from Gevery-Chambertin. This can get
complex! If you have another wine name you know about and would like to add to
this list or have a question about another one, please let us know! We will be
adding a new wine name to this list every week from our newsletter.
A DOC area also called Cortese di Gavi in the Southeastern portion of the Piedmont region in Italy. Directly north of Genoa it encompasses the town of Gavi and 11 other small villages. The white wine made here from the Cortese grape is considered one of Italy's finest. The La Scolca wine estate pioneered the use of the term Gavi di Gavi for the highest quality Gavi.
This appellation in the southern Rhone region of France surrounds the village of the same name. The wines are almost all red with some roses. The main grape used is grenache which can be blended with small amounts of syrah, mourvedre, and cinsault.
Greco di Tufo
An Italian DOC area east of Naples in the Campania area. The DOC includes the vineyards surrounding the town of Tufo. The dry white wine from this area is made using the Greco grape which is thought to have been brought from Greece.