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 acid.Champagne, Australia, California, Italy.Adaptable noble vine, up to 50% in Champagne.
GewürztraminerSoutheast Europegolden yellowFragrant aromas with lychee flavor.Alsace, California, Baden, Austria.The berries of this white wine are slightly reddish.
GutedelSwitzerlandgreen-yellowLight, 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)Rheingaupale yellowMild, fruity and low in acidity, often with nutmeg aromas.Rhine Palatinate, Franconia, Austria, Rheinhessen.
Pinot Blanc (White Burgundy)BurgundyclearLittle 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)Burgundygolden yellowSlightly 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.
ProseccoVeneto (Italy)golden yellowHigh 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.
RieslingMosel, Rhine Valleygolden yellowRoses, peaches, apricots and almonds, high acidity and low in alcohol.Mosel, Palatinate, Rheinhessen, Rheingau.Best grape in cooler areas.
Sauvignon BlancLoire Valley, Sancerrepale yellowDry and fresh, bouquet of gooseberries, fresh grass and tropical fruits.France, Italy, Spain, Serbia, Argentina.Coveted noble vine, also used for Bordeaux wines.
SilvanerAustria, Germanypale yellowElegant, racy with “earthy” bouquet and gooseberry aroma, strongly acidic.Rheinhessen, Kaiserstuhl, Franconia, Palatinate, Austria.
TrebbianoItalystraw yellowStrongly acidic, low alcohol, little extract.Italy, France.Blend for Soave and Frascati. In Modena it is made into brandy.

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