Wine Style

Definition - What does Wine Style mean?

The style of a wine refers to its character. It is not a judge of quality. While there are a few broad categories for the style of a wine, one style is not better than the next. It is simply a matter of individual preference.

"Style" is a broad term, which describes a wine's character that may put it in a certain category, i.e., oaky, fortified, aromatic, etc.

WineFrog explains Wine Style

The style of a wine can vary for many reasons. Each winemaking region in the world has different styles of wines which are made according to tradition or even strict wine laws. In other countries, wines vary depending on the type of wine a winemaker desires to make. It can vary depending on the terroir and micro-climate where the grapes are grown. A wine can also vary depending on the weather conditions during the growing season.

Here are some general categories of wine styles:

  • Light-Bodied Dry White
  • Aromatic Whites
  • Full-Bodied White wines (oaked & unoaked)
  • Light-Bodied Reds
  • Medium-Bodied Earthy wines
  • Full-Bodied Reds
  • Young Fruity Red wines
  • Rosé
  • Fortified
  • Dessert
  • Champagne & Sparkling
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