best white wines

Best White Wines

Best White Wines From Around The World

This list focuses on the grape varieties used to make the best white wines around. After grapes are grown, ripened, bottled and labelled they are shipped around the world and they end up in your local store. Choosing the best white wines can be bewildering – we can help.

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

5 Steps to Choosing the Best White Wines:

  1. Pick the wine Character, which appeals to you, from the list.
  2. Note the grape variety.
  3. Find wines in your locality which are made using the grape variety you selected.
  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.

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Grape VarietyOriginColorCharacterCultivation / GrownBest White Wines Notes
ChardonnayBurgundystraw yellowDelicately smoky nuances of walnut, cinnamon and caramel flavors, low acidChampagne, Australia, California, ItalyAdaptable noble vine, up to 50% in Champagne
GewürztraminerSoutheast Europegolden yellowFragrant aromas with lychee flavorAlsace, California, Baden, AustriaThe berries of this white wine are slightly reddish
GutedelSwitzerlandgreen-yellowLight, fruity and dry table-grapes with almond bouquet, low alcohol and acidityAlsace, Turkey, RomaniaThis old vine has been cultivated since 5000 BC
Müller-Thurgau (Rivaner)Rheingaupale yellowMild, fruity and low in acidity, often with nutmeg aromasRhine Palatinate, Franconia, Austria, Rheinhessen
Pinot Blanc (White Burgundy)BurgundyclearLittle aroma with a hint of lime blossom, strong acidity, high alcohol contentAlsace, Baden, Switzerland, Italy (Pinot Blanco)Base for sparkling wines and Champagne
Pinot Grigio (Grey Burgundy)Burgundygolden yellowSlightly fruity, low acidity, subtle smoky aromas of honey and almondsItaly, Baden (Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio), France (Pinot Gris)Berries are initially reddish, the gray later
ProseccoVeneto (Italy)golden yellowHigh acidity with a slightly bitter-nut flavorProvince of Treviso in the Veneto region (Italy)The name doesn’t stem from “secco” (dry) but from a village near Trieste
RieslingMosel, Rhine Valleygolden yellowRoses, peaches, apricots and almonds, high acidity and low in alcoholMosel, Palatinate, Rheinhessen, RheingauBest grape in cooler areas
Sauvignon BlancLoire Valley, Sancerrepale yellowDry and fresh, bouquet of gooseberries, fresh grass and tropical fruitsFrance, Italy, Spain, Serbia, ArgentinaCoveted noble vine, also used for Bordeaux wines
SilvanerAustria, Germanypale yellowElegant, racy with “earthy” bouquet and gooseberry aroma, strongly acidicRheinhessen, Kaiserstuhl, Franconia, Palatinate, Austria
TrebbianoItalystraw yellowStrongly acidic, low alcohol, little extractItaly, FranceBlend for Soave and Frascati. In Modena it is made into brandy

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