Know your wine grapes

From Cabernet Sauvignon to Gewürztraminer, wine grapes around the world feature complex flavors and aromas.

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Around the world in grape varietals

The humble wine grape, a partner in winemaking for thousands of years, is a complex wonder of aromas, taste and expression.

While there are more than 10,000 varieties of wine grapes covering more than 17 million acres worldwide, there are grapes that dominate and serve as a foundation for all wineries. Included in this list are eight of the more well-known wine grapes with some surprising facts on origin, cultivation and character.

When possible, we've also paired some of the wine grapes on this list with delicious, healthy recipes from our resident chefs Miriam Kresh and Sarah F. Berkowitz. Pour yourself a glass and let's begin!

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