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 Variety Origin Color Character Cultivation / Grown Best White Wines Notes
Chardonnay Burgundy straw yellow Delicately smoky nuances of walnut, cinnamon and caramel flavors, low acid. Champagne, Australia, California, Italy. Adaptable noble vine, up to 50% in Champagne.
Gewürztraminer Southeast Europe golden yellow Fragrant aromas with lychee flavor. Alsace, California, Baden, Austria. The berries of this white wine are slightly reddish.
Gutedel Switzerland green-yellow Light, fruity and dry table-grapes with almond bouquet, low alcohol and acidity. Alsace, Turkey, Romania. This old vine has been cultivated since 5000 BC.
Müller-Thurgau (Rivaner) Rheingau pale yellow Mild, fruity and low in acidity, often with nutmeg aromas. Rhine Palatinate, Franconia, Austria, Rheinhessen.
Pinot Blanc (White Burgundy) Burgundy clear Little aroma with a hint of lime blossom, strong acidity, high alcohol content. Alsace, Baden, Switzerland, Italy (Pinot Blanco). Base for sparkling wines and Champagne.
Pinot Grigio (Grey Burgundy) Burgundy golden yellow Slightly fruity, low acidity, subtle smoky aromas of honey and almonds. Italy, Baden (Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio), France (Pinot Gris). Berries are initially reddish, the gray later.
Prosecco Veneto (Italy) golden yellow High acidity with a slightly bitter-nut flavor. Province of Treviso in the Veneto region (Italy). The name doesn’t stem from “secco” (dry) but from a village near Trieste.
Riesling Mosel, Rhine Valley golden yellow Roses, peaches, apricots and almonds, high acidity and low in alcohol. Mosel, Palatinate, Rheinhessen, Rheingau. Best grape in cooler areas.
Sauvignon Blanc Loire Valley, Sancerre pale yellow Dry and fresh, bouquet of gooseberries, fresh grass and tropical fruits. France, Italy, Spain, Serbia, Argentina. Coveted noble vine, also used for Bordeaux wines.
Silvaner Austria, Germany pale yellow Elegant, racy with “earthy” bouquet and gooseberry aroma, strongly acidic. Rheinhessen, Kaiserstuhl, Franconia, Palatinate, Austria.
Trebbiano Italy straw yellow Strongly acidic, low alcohol, little extract. Italy, France. Blend for Soave and Frascati. In Modena it is made into brandy.

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