Vitis vinifera, the common grape vine, is native to the Mediterranean region, Central Europe, and southwestern Asia. In modern wine history, there are more than 10,000 kinds of grapes and blends. Some of the most common include:
While this is by no means an exhaustive list of wine grapes, these are some of the most popular grown by modern vineyards.
Whether you’re looking to identify local vines or you’re interested in viticulture (scientific study of grapes), you’ll want to take the following into account during the identification process. In order to correctly identify grape varieties, look at the leaves for:
Next, examine the grape bunches. Note that this may be difficult unless it is close to harvest time. Here are some of the more notable characteristics:
Finally, a few other characteristics to take note of include:
For full guides on how to identify the grape varieties grown at Ridge Vineyards, click on the links below to download. Each document provides in formation on appearance, origin, and use, along with photos of the clusters and and leaves to help with the identification process. Find them below:
Looking for more information regarding our grapes and growing practices? If so, make sure to visit our additional resources below: