best red wines

Best Red Wines

List of Best Red Wines

This list focuses on the grape varieties used to make the best red wines popular around the world. After the grapes are grown, ripened, bottled and labelled in wineries and vineyards they end up in your local wine merchant, liquor store or supermarket where choosing the best red wines can be confusing – ADDucation is here to help.

How to Choose the Best Red Wines in 5 Easy Steps:

5 Steps to Choosing the Best Red Wines:

  1. Pick the wine Character, from our list, which appeals to you.
  2. Note the grape variety.
  3. Find wines in your locality which are made using the grape variety which appeals to you.
  4. Choose a bottle, or several to compare, to fit your budget.
  5. Experiment with other labels and grape varieties until you find your favorites – then share them with us in the comments below.

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Grape VarietyOriginColorCharacterCultivation / GrownBest Red Wines Notes
BarberaPiermontdeep redPowerful red wines with a pronounced plum flavor and low tannins.Italy, California, Argentina, Mexico, Australia.
Cabernet FrancBordeauxlight redFruity, lighter than its big brother Cabernet Sauvignon.Loire, Australia, California, South Africa.Mainly blended, base of many famous Bordeaux wines.
Cabernet SauvignonBordeauxblackAged 15-18 months in oak barrels and there develops vanilla aroma reminiscent of currants and licorice.Provence, Tuscany, Chile, Argentina, Australia.High susceptibility to vine diseases (powdery mildew).
CarignanAragon (Spain)dark redTannin and acid-rich with slight plum and fig aroma.France, Algeria, Spain.Susceptible to mildew, blend for Rioja wines.
Grenache (Garnacha)North-East Spainlight redLow tannins, alcohol rich yet soft, fruity flavor.Spain and France.Often used in rosé, resistant to heat, wind and drought.
LambruscoEmilia-Romagnadark redSweet, fruity with a light mousse, should be drunk young.Italy (Modena, Parma and Lombardy).
MalbecCahors (SW France)black-purpleFruity spices with notes of plum and tobacco.Mendoza, Argentina (70%), France (20%), Chile, United States.Very susceptible to frost.
MerlotBordeauxpurpleSoft, slightly plummy taste, medium alcohol content.France, Ticino, Italy.High proportion in Cuvee (blends) of Bordeaux wines.
MontepulcianoAbruzzointense redDelicately aromatic, smooth taste, dry and rich in alcohol.Italy (Marche, Umbria, Apulia).Good for storing but can also be drunk young.
Pinot Noir (Pinot Burgundy)Côte-d’Or, Burgundy (France)brick-redVelvety, with fine acidity, berry and cherry aromas.Alsace, Switzerland, Palatinate.Quality grape, important ingredient of Champagne; thin-skinned.
SangioveseTuscanypurpleStrong acid and tannin structure with intense cherry aroma.Emilia-Romagna, Umbria, California, Corsica, Argentina.Main Chianti component. The name derives from Latin for “blood of love”.
Syrah (Shiraz)Rhone Valleydark redTannic with peppery spices and strong blackcurrant aroma.France, Australia (Shiraz), California, South Africa.
TempranilloLa Rioja (Spain)deep redStrong, fruity, with hints of vanilla, tobacco and plums.Cultivation: Spain (also in Navarra), Portugal.Noblest grape in Spain, blend for Rioja.

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