The Grape Pursuit’s Wine Varietal Checklist – 1,300+ Grapes

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At the heart of The Grape Pursuit is our quest to try every wine varietal in the world.

On the surface, that seems like an easy quest to define- seek out and drink as many wines with new varietals as possible. But when we stopped to think about it, we had to decide what constitutes a “varietal” that would fit the scope of this site.

By many estimates, there are over 10,000 unique grape varietals in the world (in fact, the VIVC has over 20,000 cultivars, breeding lines, and vines categorized). That is prohibitively large, and, thankfully, most are not made into commercially available wine. If we look at just those for the scope of this site, the list drops to 1,000-2,000 pending the source.

Even with trying one new varietal a week, this will become a life-long quest that has no end in sight- and we are quite okay with that.

After reviewing a number of sources, pairing down synonyms, and starting to look into commercial availability we came together with a checklist of roughly 1,300 unique varietals we think we could pursue.

Note: We put together a rather exhaustive set of rules in order to develop our checklist. That being said, we know that there may be errors including double features via synonyms, missing grapes outright, and the issue on whether some are commercially available at all. If you would like to read more about how our goal and checklist were developed, we have more information at the end of this guide. If you spot any errors, we would be happy to correct them if you contact us!

The Grape Pursuit Wine Varietal Checklist

The Grape Pursuit is on a quest to try every wine varietal in the world

The following is our complete grape varietal checklist. When we have sampled a wine with a particular grape, we will have checked it off in the list below. When a review is available, the grape name will be linked to a landing page featuring our review(s). If the grape was tried in a blend, the highest percentage we've tried will be noted after the grape name (? denotes a blend but exact percentages were not provided/logged).

Varietal Count: 83

A

  • Abbuoto
  • Abouriou
  • Abrusco
  • Abrustine
  • Acıkara
  • Acitana
  • Acolon
  • Ada Karasi
  • Adalmiina
  • Addoraca
  • Affenthaler
  • Ag Aldara
  • Ag Kalambir
  • Agdam Gyzyl Uzumu
  • Agiomavritiko
  • Agiorgitiko
  • Aglianico
  • Aglianicone
  • Agni
  • Agoumastos Mavro
  • Agronomica
  • Agua Santa
  • Ahmeur Bou Ahmeur
  • Ahumat
  • Aidani
  • Aidani Mavro
  • Akhtanak
  • Aladasturi
  • Alarije
  • Albalonga
  • Albanello Bianco
  • Albaranzeuli Bianco
  • Albaranzeuli Nero
  • Albarola
  • Albarossa
  • Albillo
  • Albillo De Albacete
  • Albillo Krimskii
  • Alcanon
  • Aleatico
  • Alexandrouli
  • Alfrocheiro Preto
  • Alibernet
  • Alicante Bouschet (40%)
  • Alicante Branco
  • Alicante Ganzin
  • Aligote
  • Alionza
  • Allegro
  • Alphonse Lavallee
  • Altesse
  • Altintas
  • Alva
  • Alvarelhao
  • Alvarinho
  • Amabile Di Genova
  • Amaral
  • Amigne
  • Amorgiano
  • Ancellotta
  • Andre
  • Ansonica
  • Antao Vaz
  • Antey Magarachsky
  • Araklinos
  • Aramon Gris
  • Aramon Noir
  • Aranel
  • Arany Sarfeher
  • Arbane
  • Arbois
  • Areni
  • Areti
  • Argaman
  • Argant
  • Arilla
  • Arinarnoa
  • Arna Grna
  • Arneis
  • Arnsburger
  • Arriloba
  • Arrufiac
  • Arvesiniadu
  • Ashughaji
  • Aspiran Bouschet
  • Aspiran Red
  • Asprouda
  • Assyrtiko
  • Asuretuli Shavi
  • Athiri
  • Athiri Mavro
  • Aubin Blanc
  • Aubin Vert
  • Aurelius
  • Aurore
  • Austro-White
  • Avana
  • Avarengo
  • Avasirkhva
  • Avesso
  • Avgoustiatis
  • Azal Branco

B

  • Biancolella
  • Busuioaca De Bohotin
  • Bussanello
  • Burger
  • Bukettrebe
  • Budeshuri Tsiteli
  • Budai Zoeld
  • Bubbierasco
  • Brustiano Bianco
  • Bruni 54
  • Brun Fourca
  • Brujidera
  • Bronx
  • Bronner
  • Brianna
  • Breslava
  • Breidecker
  • Bratkovina Crna
  • Bratkovina Bijela
  • Branda
  • Brachetto Del Piemonte
  • Bracciola Nera
  • Bovale Sardo
  • Bouysselet
  • Bouvier
  • Bouteillan Red
  • Bouschet Petit
  • Bourrisquou
  • Bourboulenc
  • Bouchales
  • Bosco
  • Borracal
  • Bondola
  • Bonarda Piemontese
  • Bonamico
  • Bombino Bianco
  • Bogdanusa
  • Bogazkere
  • Bobal
  • Blue Silvaner
  • Blue Portuguese
  • Blaufrankisch
  • Blauer Wildbacher
  • Blauburger
  • Blatterle
  • Blatina
  • Blanqueiro
  • Black Queen
  • Black Monukka
  • Bishty
  • Bigolona
  • Big Verdot
  • Biborkadarka
  • Biancu Gentile
  • Biancone Di Portoferraio
  • Bianco D'Alessano
  • Bianchetti Genovese
  • Bianchetta Trevigiana
  • Bianchello
  • Bianca
  • Bessarabsky Muskatnyi
  • Besgano Nero
  • Besgano Bianco
  • Berdomenel
  • Bena
  • Bellone
  • Belat
  • Bekari
  • Beichun
  • Beclan
  • Beba Negra
  • Beba
  • Beaured
  • Bayanshira
  • Batoca
  • Batiki
  • Bastardo Magarachsky
  • Bart Hainer
  • Barsaglina
  • Baroque
  • Barcelo
  • Barbera Sarda
  • Barbera Del Sannio
  • Barbera Bianca
  • Barbera
  • Barbarossa
  • Baratuciat
  • Balzac White
  • Baltica
  • Bakhthiori
  • Bagrina
  • Baco White
  • Baco Noir
  • Backa
  • Bachet
  • Babica
  • Babic
  • Babeasca Neagra

C

  • Caberinta
  • Cabernet Carbon
  • Cabernet Colonjes
  • Cabernet Cortis
  • Cabernet Cubin
  • Cabernet Dorio
  • Cabernet Dorsa
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Cabernet Jura
  • Cabernet Mitos
  • Cabernet Moravia
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Cabernet Severny
  • Cabertin
  • Cacaboue
  • Cacamosca
  • Caddiu
  • Caino Whiteo
  • Caladoc
  • Calandro
  • Calbanesco
  • Calitor Noir
  • Calkarası
  • Callet
  • Caloria
  • Calzin
  • Camaralet
  • Camaraou Red
  • Camarese
  • Campbell Early
  • Canada Muscat
  • Canaiolo Nero
  • Canari Red
  • Canari White
  • Canocazo
  • Caprettone
  • Captain Jani Kara
  • Caracol
  • Carcajolo Nero
  • Cardinal
  • Cargarello
  • Carica L'Asino
  • Carignan Blanc
  • Carignan (?%)
  • Carlos
  • Carmenere
  • Carricante (?%)
  • Carnelian
  • Carrasquin
  • Carrega Branco
  • Carrega Tinto
  • Carter
  • Casa Vecchia
  • Cascade
  • Cascarolo Bianco
  • Casculho
  • Casetta
  • Cassady
  • Castagnara
  • Castets
  • Catalanesca
  • Catanese Nero
  • Catarratto
  • Catawba
  • Cavrara
  • Cavus
  • Cayetana
  • Cayuga
  • Centesimino
  • Centurian
  • Cereza
  • Cerreto
  • Cesanese
  • Cesar
  • Cetinka
  • Cevat Kara
  • Chambourcin
  • Chancellor
  • Chardonel
  • Chardonnay
  • Charentsi
  • Charmont
  • Chasan
  • Chasselas (?%)
  • Chatus
  • Chelois
  • Chenanson
  • Chenel
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Chichaud
  • Chidiriotiko
  • Chinuri
  • Chisago
  • Chkhaveri
  • Cianorie
  • Cienna
  • Ciliegiolo
  • Cinsaut (?%)
  • Citronny Magaracha
  • Ciurlese
  • Cividin
  • Clairette
  • Claret De Gers
  • Clinton
  • Coarse Heunisch
  • Coda Di Cavallo Bianca
  • Coda Di Volpe
  • Codega De Larinho (20%)
  • Codivarta
  • Colobel
  • Colombana Nera
  • Colombard
  • Colombaud
  • Colomino
  • Coloraillo
  • Colorino Del Valdarno
  • Completer
  • Complexa
  • Complexion du Cher
  • Concord
  • Cordenossa
  • Cornarea
  • Cornifesto
  • Corot Noir
  • Corredera
  • Cortese
  • Corvina
  • Corvinone (?%)
  • Couchillon
  • Couderc Noir
  • Counoise
  • Courbu Blanc
  • Cramposie
  • Criolla Grande
  • Croatina
  • Crouchen
  • Crovassa
  • Crystal
  • Cserszegi Fuszeres
  • Csokaszolo
  • Cygne Blanc

D

  • Dafni
  • Dakapo
  • Dalkauer
  • Dattier de St Vallier
  • De Chaunac
  • Debina
  • Debine E Bardhe
  • Deckrot
  • Dedo de Dama
  • Delaware
  • Delisle
  • Devin
  • Diagalves
  • Dimrit
  • Dimyat
  • Dindarella
  • Dinka
  • Diseca Ranina
  • Dobricic
  • Doina
  • Dolcetto
  • Dolcetto Bianco
  • Dolciame
  • Domina
  • Donzelinho Branco
  • Donzelinho Tinto
  • Doral
  • Dorinto
  • Dornfelder
  • Dorona Veneziana
  • Douce Noir
  • Douce Noir Gris
  • Doux D’Henry
  • Dragon Blue
  • Drnekusa
  • Drupeggio
  • Dunaj
  • Duranija
  • Durella
  • Dutchess
  • Dzvelshavi Obchuri
  • Dzvelshavi Sachkheris

E

  • Early Muscat
  • Ederena
  • Egiodola
  • Ehrenfelser
  • Ekigaina
  • Ekim Kara
  • Elvira
  • Emerald Riesling
  • Emir
  • Enantio
  • Encruzado
  • Enfarine Noir
  • Eona
  • Erbaluce
  • Erbamat
  • Ervi
  • Escursac
  • Espirit
  • Etraire De L’Adui
  • Evmolpia
  • Eyholzer
  • Ezerfurtu
  • Ezerjo

F

  • Faber
  • Falanghina
  • Fenile
  • Fer
  • Fertilia
  • Feteasca Alba
  • Feteasca Neagra
  • Feteasca Regala
  • Fetească Regală
  • Fiano
  • Fioletovy Ranny
  • Flavis
  • Fleurien Noir
  • Flora
  • Florental
  • Flot Rouge
  • Foca Karasi
  • Fogarina
  • Fogoneu
  • Fokiano
  • Folgasao
  • Folignan
  • Fonte Cal
  • Forastera
  • Forcallat Blanca
  • Forcallat Tinta
  • Forgiarin
  • Forsellina
  • Fortana
  • Franc Red De La Haute-Saone
  • Francusa
  • Frappato
  • Fratava
  • Fredonia
  • Freisa
  • Freisamer
  • Frontenac
  • Frontenac White
  • Fruhroter Veltliner
  • Fubiano
  • Fuella Nera
  • Fumin
  • Furmint

G

  • Gaglioppo
  • Gaidoura
  • Galatena
  • Galbena De Odobesti
  • Galego Dourado
  • Gallioppo Delle Marche
  • Gallizzone
  • Galotta
  • Gamaret
  • Gamay
  • Gamay Teinturier De Bouze
  • Gamay Teinturier De Chaudenay
  • Gamay Teinturier Freaux
  • Gamba Rossa
  • Ganita
  • Ganson
  • Gara Aldara
  • Gara Ikeni
  • Gara Sarma
  • Garandmak
  • Garganega
  • Garnacha Peluda
  • Garrido Fino
  • Garro
  • Gascon
  • Gegic
  • Geisenheim 318- 57
  • Gellewza
  • Genouillet
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Ginestra
  • Girgentina
  • Giro
  • Giro White
  • Glavinusa
  • Glera
  • Glera Lunga
  • Gloire De Seibel
  • Gloria
  • Godello
  • Goldburger
  • Golden Muscat
  • Goldriesling
  • Golubok
  • Gorgollasa
  • Goruli Mtsvane
  • Gouget Noir
  • Goustolidi
  • Gouveio Estimado
  • Gouveio Real
  • Gr 7
  • Graisse
  • Gramon
  • Grapariol
  • Grasa De Cotnari
  • Grechetto
  • Grechetto Rosso
  • Greco Bianco
  • Greco Nero Di Sibari
  • Green Hungarian
  • Grenache
  • Grenache Gris
  • Grenache White
  • Grignolino
  • Grillo
  • Grisa Nera
  • Grk Bijeli
  • Grolleau Gris
  • Grolleau Red
  • Groppello Di Mocasina
  • Groppello Di Revo
  • Groppello Gentile
  • Gros Bourgogne
  • Gros Manseng (35%)
  • Gruaja
  • Gruner Veltliner
  • Guardavalle
  • Gueuche noir
  • Gutenborner

H

  • Hamashara
  • Harslevelu
  • Hartford
  • Hasandede Beyazi
  • Helfensteiner
  • Helios
  • Herbemont
  • Heroldrebe
  • Hetera
  • Hibernal
  • Himbertscha
  • Hitzkircher
  • Hoelder
  • Hondarrabi Beltza
  • Hondarrabi Zuri
  • Hron
  • Hrvatica
  • Humagne Blanche
  • Humagne Rouge
  • Huxelrebe

I

  • Impigno
  • Invernenga
  • Iri Kara
  • Irsai Oliver
  • Isabella
  • Italica
  • Ives

J

  • Jacquere
  • Jacquez
  • Jampal
  • Jewel
  • Johanniter
  • Joubertin
  • Jubilaumsrebe
  • Juhfark
  • Jurancon Blanc
  • Jurancon Noir

K

  • Kabar
  • Kachichi
  • Kadarka
  • Kakhet
  • Kakotrygis
  • Kakotrygis Kokkino
  • Kalina
  • Kangun
  • Kapistoni Tetri
  • Kapselsky
  • Karalahna
  • Karasakiz
  • Karmrahyut
  • Karnachalades
  • Katsakoulias
  • Katsano
  • Kay Gray
  • Kefessiya
  • Keratsuda
  • Kerner
  • Khikhvi
  • Khindogni
  • Kichmich Vatkana
  • Kindzmarauli
  • Kiraleanyka
  • Kisi
  • Klarnica
  • Knipperle
  • Kohnu
  • Kok Pandas
  • Kokur Bely
  • Kolindrino
  • Kolorko
  • Korinthiaki
  • Koriostafylo
  • Kosetevek
  • Koshu
  • Kotsifali
  • Koutsoumpeli
  • Krakhuna
  • Kraljevina
  • Krasnostop Zolotovsky
  • Krassato
  • Kreaca
  • Krkosija
  • Krona
  • Krstac
  • Kujundzusa
  • Kuldzhinskii
  • Kumshatsky Bely
  • Kumshatsky Cherny
  • Kunleany
  • Kupusar
  • Kydonitsa

L

  • La Crescent
  • La Crosse
  • L'Acadie White
  • Lacrima Di Maria
  • Lacrima Di Morro D’Alba
  • Lado
  • Lagarino Bianco
  • Lagrein
  • Lalvari
  • Lambrusca Di Alessandria
  • Lambrusca Vittona
  • Lambruschetto
  • Lambrusco Barghi
  • Lambrusco Del Casetta
  • Lambrusco Di Fiorano
  • Lambrusco Di Sorbara
  • Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro
  • Lambrusco Maestri
  • Lambrusco Marani
  • Lambrusco Montericco
  • Lambrusco Salamino
  • Lambrusco Viadanese
  • Landal Noir
  • Landot Noir
  • Lapa Kara
  • Lasina
  • Laurot
  • Lauzet
  • Léon Millot
  • Len De L'El
  • Liatiko
  • Liliorila
  • Limnio
  • Listan De Huelva
  • Listan Negro
  • Listan Prieto
  • Livornese Bianca
  • Ljutun
  • Longyan
  • Louise Swenson
  • Loureiro
  • Lucie Kuhlmann
  • Luglienga
  • Lumassina
  • Lydia

M

  • Macabeo
  • Madeleine Angevine
  • Magaratch Ruby
  • Magliocco Dolce
  • Magnolia
  • Magyar Frankos
  • Maiolica
  • Maiolina
  • Malagousia
  • Malbec
  • Maligia
  • Malvasia Bianca Di Candia
  • Malvasia Bianca Di Piemonte
  • Malvasia Bianca Lunga
  • Malvasia Branca De Sao Jorge
  • Malvasia De Colares
  • Malvasia De Lanzarote
  • Malvasia De Lipare
  • Malvasia Del Lazio
  • Malvasia di Candia Aromatica
  • Malvasia Di Casorzo
  • Malvasia Di Lipari
  • Malvasia Di Schierano
  • Malvasia Istarska
  • Malvasia Nera Di Basilicata
  • Malvasia Nera Di Brindisi
  • Malvasia Nera Lunga
  • Malvasia Preta
  • Malverina
  • Mammolo
  • Mandregue
  • Manseng Noir
  • Manto Negro
  • Mantonico Bianco
  • Mantuedo Branco
  • Manzoni Bianco
  • Manzoni Moscato
  • Manzoni Nero
  • Manzoni Rosa
  • Mara
  • Maratheftiko
  • Marchione
  • Marechal Foch (92%)
  • Maria Gomes
  • Marmajuelo
  • Marquette
  • Marsanne
  • Marselan
  • Marsigliana Bianca
  • Maruggio
  • Matrai Muskotaly
  • Matrasa
  • Maturana Blanca
  • Mauzac Blanc
  • Mauzac Noir
  • Mavro
  • Mavro Messenikola
  • Mavrodafni
  • Mavrotragano
  • Mavroudi Arachovis
  • Mavrud
  • Mayolet
  • Mazuelo
  • Mecle De Bourgoin
  • Medna
  • Megrabuir
  • Melara
  • Melody
  • Melon Queue Rouge
  • Mencia
  • Mennas
  • Menoir
  • Merlot (85%)
  • Merlot Blanc
  • Merseguera
  • Merzifon Karasi
  • Merzling
  • Meslier St-Francois
  • Mezes feher
  • Michurinets
  • Milgranet
  • Milia
  • Millot-Foch
  • Milton
  • Minella Bianca
  • Misket Cherven
  • Misket Varnenski
  • Misket Vrachanksi
  • Mladinka
  • Molette
  • Molinara
  • Monarch
  • Mondeuse Blanche
  • Mondeuse Noire
  • Monemvasia
  • Monerac
  • Monica Nera
  • Monstruosa
  • Montepulciano
  • Montils
  • Montonico Bianco
  • Montu
  • Moore’s Diamond
  • Morad Ella
  • Morava
  • Moravia Agria
  • Moreto Do Alentejo
  • Morio Muskat
  • Morone
  • Morrastel Bouschet
  • Moscatel Rosada
  • Moscatello Selvatico
  • Moscato Di Scanzo
  • Moscato Di Terracina
  • Moscato Giallo
  • Moschofilero
  • Moschomavro
  • Mourvedre (80%)
  • Mouyssagues
  • Mskhali
  • Mtevandidi
  • Mtsvane Kakhuri
  • Mujuretuli
  • Muller-Thurgau
  • Munson
  • Muscadelle
  • Muscardin
  • Muscat Bailey A
  • Muscat Blanc
  • Muscat Bleu
  • Muscat Bouschet
  • Muscat d'Hamburg
  • Muscat Fleur D’Oranger
  • Muscat Odessky
  • Muscat Of Alexandria (?%)
  • Muscat Ottonel
  • Muscat Swenson
  • Muscat White A Petits Grains
  • Muskat Moravsky
  • Muskat Odesskii
  • Mustoasa De Maderat

N

  • Narince
  • Nascetta
  • Nasco
  • Nebbiera
  • Nebbiolo
  • Nebbiolo Rose
  • Negoska
  • Negramoll
  • Negrara Trentina
  • Negrara Veronese
  • Negret De Banhars
  • Negrette
  • Negroamaro
  • Negru De Dragasani
  • Neheleschol
  • Neoplanta
  • Ner D'Ala
  • Nerello Cappuccio (5%)
  • Nerello Mascalese (95%)
  • Neret Di Saint-Vincent
  • Neretta Cuneese
  • Neretto Di Bairo
  • Neretto Duro
  • Neretto Gentile
  • Neretto Nostrano
  • Nerkarat
  • Nerkeni
  • Nero Buono Di Cori
  • Nero D’Avola
  • Nero Di Troia
  • Neronet
  • Neuburger
  • New York Muscat
  • Niagara
  • Nigra
  • Nigrikiotiko
  • Nincusa
  • Nitranka
  • Noah
  • Noblessa
  • Nobling
  • Nocera
  • Noria
  • Norton
  • Nosiola
  • Notary domenico
  • Nouvelle
  • Novac
  • Nuragus

O

  • Oeillade Noir
  • Ofthalmo
  • Ohridsko Crno
  • Ojaleshi
  • Okuzgozu
  • Onchette
  • Ontario
  • Opsimo Edessis
  • Optima
  • Orangetraube
  • Oraniensteiner
  • Orion
  • Orleans
  • Ortega
  • Ortrugo
  • Oseleta
  • Osiris
  • Osteiner
  • Otskhanuri Sapere
  • Ovidiopolsky
P

  • Padeiro
  • Palas
  • Palava
  • Pallagrello Bianco
  • Pallagrello Nero
  • Palomino
  • Pampanuto
  • Panonia
  • Paolina
  • Papazkarasi
  • Parellada
  • Parkent
  • Pascal Blanc
  • Pascale
  • Passau
  • Pavana
  • Pearl Of Csaba
  • Pecorino
  • Pedral
  • Pedro Gimenez (5%)
  • Pedro Ximenez
  • Pelaverga
  • Pelaverga Piccolo
  • Peloursin
  • Pepella
  • Perdea
  • Perera
  • Perricone
  • Perruno
  • Persan
  • Pervenets Magaracha
  • Pervomaisky
  • Petit Manseng (50%)
  • Petit Meslier
  • Petit Rouge
  • Petit Verdot
  • Petite Amie
  • Petite Pearl
  • Petite Syrah
  • Petra
  • Petrokoritho Lefko
  • Petrokoritho Mavro
  • Petroulianos
  • Peurion
  • Phoenix
  • Picapoll Blanco
  • Picardin
  • Piccola Nera
  • Picolit
  • Picpoul
  • Picpoul Noir
  • Piculite Neri
  • Piedirosso
  • Pignerol
  • Pignola Valtellinese
  • Pinard
  • Pineau D'Aunis (90%)
  • Pinella
  • Pinot Blanc
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Pinot Meunier (40%)
  • Pinot Noir
  • Pinotage
  • Pinotin
  • Pionnier
  • Plant Droit
  • Plantet
  • Plassa
  • Platani
  • Plavac Mali
  • Plavai
  • Plavec Zuti
  • Plavina
  • Plechistik
  • Plyto
  • Podarok Magaracha
  • Pollera Nera
  • Portan
  • Posip Bijeli
  • Potamissi
  • Poulsard
  • Prairie Star
  • Prc
  • Precoce De Malingre
  • Prensal
  • Preto Martinho
  • Prieto Picudo
  • Priknadi
  • Primetta
  • Prior
  • Probus
  • Prodest
  • Prokupac
  • Prunesta
  • Pukhliakovsky
  • Pules

Q

  • Quebranta

R

  • Rabigato (45%)
  • Rabo De Ovelha
  • Raboso Veronese
  • Radisson
  • Raffiat De Moncade
  • Ramisco
  • Ranac Bijeli
  • Ranfol
  • Ranna Melnishka Loza
  • Raspirosso
  • Rastajola
  • Rathay
  • Rauschling
  • Ravat Blanc
  • Rayon D’Or
  • Reberger
  • Rebo
  • Recantina
  • Refosco Dal Peduncolo Rosso
  • Refosco Di Faedis
  • Regent
  • Regner
  • Reichensteiner
  • Reselle
  • Retagliado Bianco
  • Reze
  • Ribolla Gialla
  • Riesel
  • Rieslaner
  • Riesling
  • Riesus
  • Rimava
  • Rio Grande
  • Rion
  • Ripolo
  • Ritino
  • Rkatsiteli
  • Roditis
  • Roesler
  • Roi des Noir
  • Rokaniaris
  • Rome
  • Romeiko
  • Romero De Hijar
  • Romorantin
  • Rondinella (?%)
  • Rondo
  • Rose Du Var
  • Rose Honey
  • Rosenmuskateller
  • Rosetta
  • Rosette
  • Rossara Trentina
  • Rossese Bianco Di Monforte
  • Rossese Bianco Di San Biagio
  • Rossese Di Campochiesa
  • Rossignola
  • Rossolino Nero
  • Rotberger
  • Roter Veltliner
  • Rouge Du Pays
  • Rougeon
  • Roussanne
  • Roussette D’Ayze
  • Roussin
  • Roviello Bianco
  • Royal De Alloza
  • Royalty
  • Rubienne
  • Rubin Bolgarskii
  • Rubin Tairovsky
  • Rubinet
  • Rubinka
  • Rubinovy Magaracha
  • Rubintos
  • Ruby Cabernet
  • Ruby Golodrigi
  • Ruche
  • Rudava
  • Ruen
  • Ruggine
  • Ruzzese

S

  • Sabato
  • Sabrevois
  • Sacy
  • Sagrantino
  • Saint Macaire
  • Saint-Croix
  • Saint-Laurent
  • Saint-Macaire
  • Saint-Pepin
  • Saint-Pierre Dore
  • Salvador Blanca
  • Salvador Noir
  • San Antonio
  • San Giuseppe Nero
  • San Lunardo
  • San Martino
  • San Michele
  • San Pietro
  • Sangiovese
  • Saperavi
  • Saphira
  • Sarba
  • Sary Pandas
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Sauvignon Gris
  • Savatiano
  • Scheurebe
  • Schiava Gentile
  • Schiava Grigia
  • Schiava Grossa
  • Schiava Lombarda
  • Schioppettino
  • Schonburger
  • Schuyler
  • Sciaglin
  • Sciascinoso
  • Scimiscia
  • Scuppernong
  • Seara Nova
  • Sefka
  • Segalin
  • Semidano
  • Semillon (?%)
  • Semillon Rose
  • Septimer
  • Sercealinho
  • Sereskiya Charnin (?%)
  • Serina E Zeze
  • Serodio
  • Servanin
  • Servant
  • Severny
  • Seyval Blanc
  • Seyval Noir
  • Sgaretta
  • Shalistin
  • Shavkapito
  • Shesh I Bardhe
  • Shesh I Zi
  • Shevka
  • Shiroka Melnishka
  • Shirvanshahy
  • Sibi Abbas
  • Sibirkovy
  • Sidalak
  • Sideritis
  • Siegerrebe
  • Silcher
  • Silvaner (?%)
  • Sirame
  • Sirmium
  • Skiadopoulo
  • Sklava
  • Skopelitiko
  • Skrlet
  • Skylopnichtis
  • Slankamenka
  • Solaris
  • Soldaia
  • Solnechnodolinsky
  • Soperga
  • Sorbigno
  • Souvignier Gris
  • Soyaki
  • Spergola
  • Spourtiko
  • Stanusina Crna
  • Stavroto
  • Steuben
  • Storgozia
  • Sukholimansky Bely
  • Sultana
  • Sumoll
  • Sumoll Blanc
  • Suppezza
  • Suscan
  • Susumaniello
  • Sykiotis
  • Symphony
  • Syrah
  • Syriki
  • Sysak

T

  • Tamarez
  • Tamiioasa
  • Taminga
  • Tamurro
  • Tannat
  • Tarrango
  • Tatly
  • Tauberschwarz
  • Tavkveri
  • Tazzelenghe
  • Teca
  • Temparia
  • Tempranillo
  • Tempranillo Blanco
  • Teoulier
  • Teoulier Noir
  • Terbash
  • Termarina
  • Teroldego
  • Terrano
  • Terrantez Do Pico
  • Terras 20
  • Terret
  • Terret Bianco
  • Theiako Mavro
  • Thiako Mavro
  • Thrapsathiri
  • Tibouren
  • Tignolino
  • Tigrani
  • Timorasso
  • Tinta Barroca
  • Tinta Cao
  • Tinta Carvalha
  • Tinta Castanal
  • Tinta Francisca
  • Tintora
  • Torrontes Mendocino
  • Torrontes Riojano (85%)
  • Torrontes Sanjuanino
  • Torysa
  • Tourbat
  • Touriga Femea
  • Touriga Franca
  • Touriga Nacional (?%)
  • Tourkopoula
  • Traminette
  • Trbljan
  • Trebbiano
  • Trebbiano D’Abruzzo
  • Trebbiano Giallo
  • Trebbiano Modenese
  • Trebbiano Spoletino
  • Treixadura
  • Trepat
  • Trepat Blanc
  • Tressot
  • Tressot Panache
  • Trevisana Nera
  • Trincadeira
  • Trincadeira Das Pratas
  • Triomphe D'Alsace
  • Triumph
  • Trnjak
  • Tronto
  • Trousseau Noir
  • Tsimladar
  • Tsimlyansky Cherny
  • Tsitska
  • Tsolikouri
  • Tuo Xian
  • Turan
  • Tyrian

U

  • Ucelut
  • Usakhelouri
  • Uva Del Fantini
  • Uva Della Cascina
  • Uva Longanesi
  • Uva Tosca
  • Uvalino

V

  • Vah
  • Valdiguie
  • Valentino Nero
  • Valiant
  • Valvin Muscat
  • Van Buren
  • Vandal Cliche
  • Vega
  • Veltliner Braun
  • Veltliner Fruehrot
  • Veltliner Gruen
  • Ventura
  • Verdanel
  • Verdeca
  • Verdejo
  • Verdelet
  • Verdelho
  • Verdesse
  • Verdicchio
  • Verdiso
  • Verdoncho
  • Verduzzo Trevigiano
  • Veritas
  • Vermentino
  • Vermentino Nero
  • Vernaccia Di Oristano
  • Vernaccia Nera Del Valdarno
  • Versoaln
  • Vertzami
  • Vespaiola
  • Vidadillo De Almonacid
  • Vidal Blanc
  • Vidiano
  • Vien De Nus
  • Vignoles
  • Vijariego
  • Vilana
  • Villard Blanc
  • Villard Noir
  • Vincent
  • Vinhao
  • Viognier
  • Violento
  • Viosinho (35%)
  • Vital
  • Vitovska Grganja
  • Vlachiko
  • Vlaska
  • Vlosh
  • Volidza
  • Voskeat
  • Voudomato
  • Vradiano
  • Vuillermin
  • Vulpea

W

  • Weldra
  • Welschriesling
  • Winchell

X

Y

  • Yama Budou
  • Yapincak
  • Yediveren

Z

  • Zacinak
  • Zagrei
  • Zala Gyongye
  • Zalema
  • Zamarrica
  • Zametovka
  • Zefir
  • Zengo
  • Zenith
  • Zeta
  • Zeusz
  • Zghihara De Husi
  • Zhemchuzhina Oskhi
  • Zinfandel
  • Zlatarica Vrgorska
  • Zweigelt

We are in the process of developing a downloadable version of this checklist and hope to have one available soon!

How We Developed This Checklist

Grape Vine

As with any good quest, there have to be a few ground rules. When thinking about how we wanted to define a varietal for The Grape Pursuit we had a few questions pop up at the start:

What about varietals we've tried prior to founding this site?

Grapes that we have logged prior to the start of The Grape Pursuit will be included in our checklist and on our map; however, they will not receive a full review as our tasting notes were not as robust at that time. We will retry all of these varietals over time in order to have a review on this site. If a box is checked but the varietal is not linked, that means the wine was tried prior to founding this site and will be sampled again later.

What do we do about naming variations?

Shiraz and Syrah are the same grape. So is Zinfandel and Primitivo. Some grapes have 50 synonyms or more. In many cases we arbitrarily picked a base name for each grape to feature, but for more well-known grapes we often picked the name it goes by in the USA. We will give a check on our list in the first instance of trying a varietal regardless of what synonym is used by the producer. We are not logging country-to-country expressions of a single varietal as part of this quest (e.g. Californian Syrah vs Australian Shiraz), but due to our drinking habits odds are good we'll try some of these for common varietals anyway.

What about wines from controlled wine regions that go by appellation names?

Vouvray and Côtes du Rhône are great examples of well-known wines that contain the varietals Chenin Blanc and a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre respectively. We feel we'd be doing this quest a disservice without trying some of these. While our list does not feature them above, we will develop a separate checklist for these in the future.

What about the fact that “pure” wines are not often 100% of a single varietal?

Many countries allow labels to show just one grape varietal as long as the grape is used in a sufficient percentage (often 75-85%). In many cases, the remaining grapes used are not public knowledge. While we would love to try single varietal bottles (100% of any given grape), we're going to follow labeling information for determining if the bottle was a blend or not.

What about grapes that are only used in blending? 

We will still try these and note the highest percentage we've tried to date. We will always be on the lookout for bottles with higher percentages of any given varietal as part of our quest!

From there, we had a few more issues come up when researching all the varietals for our list. The following is provided for full disclosure of our process, but we admit may only be interesting for those who really want to dive into the weeds.

First, we did not use any single resource for creating the above list. The above was researched from several sources like listings on Wikipedia, Wine Searcher, Wine Folly, Wein-Plus, Vivino, the Vitis International Variety Catalogue (VIVC), and Jancis Robinson's website and books to name a few. We have no affiliation with any of these entities. Based on our research, we developed an algorithm that used our rules for The Grape Pursuit as a means to generate the list featured above. We recognize that this approach may have errors associated with it including double features via synonyms, spelling errors including removed accents, and/or missing varietals outright.

Second, we only want to pursue commercially available varietals for this project. If the production is quite small and public distribution is only on a single island in the Mediterranean, we're in (vacation, anyone?). If the production is only for experimental purposes or for personal, non-commercial plots we do not want to include it in our list. The currently published list may not address this very well and will be improved upon in future updates; however, we have to admit this information is rather hard to come by.

Third, there are many, many grapes that have a dozen or so genetically similar varietals in their family cluster. Albillo is one good example with close to a dozen. For most of these we had a hard time finding information outlying just how genetically unique these are. To make this quest a bit more accessible we reduced the checklist to feature just the parent grape, but sometimes allowed for white/red variations to appear as well. If we get to the stage where all we have left are 10 different Albillo wines, well, we'll call that a win.

Overall, the above rules helped us develop a great starting point for The Grape Pursuit and we look forward to working our way through the list in the coming years.

Help Us Out

If you know of any wine varietals we missed and should add to this list, or if we are featuring duplicates via synonyms, please get in touch via our contact page. If you have a recommendation on a specific producer, bottle, vintage, or supplier we should check out for any items (outstanding varietal or not), please share that as well. We always love recommendations!

If you are a wine producer that would like to help us with our quest, please get in touch via our Work With Us page!