Known for its bold and rich character, Cabernet Sauvignon wines are often marked by blackcurrant, plum, and cedar notes with firm tannins. Popular regions include Bordeaux, Napa Valley and Coonawarra in South Australia.
Merlot offers a velvety texture and flavours of plum, red berries, and a touch of chocolate. Significant regions include Bordeaux, Tuscany and Washington State.
Delicate and elegant, Pinot Noir wines showcase red fruit flavours, floral notes, and a unique expression of terroir. Popular regions include Burgundy, Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Central Otago on New Zealand’s southern island.
Syrah/Shiraz yields bold wines with dark fruit, black pepper, and often a smoky or meaty character. Popular regions include the Rhône Valley, Barossa Valley and Napa Valley.
Zinfandel is known for its bold and jammy fruit character, with flavours of blackberry, raspberry, and often a hint of spice. Its home is California, most notably in the Lodi region, as well as Puglia
Malbec is a full-bodied grape with flavours of black cherry, plum, and a subtle earthy notes. Popular regions: Mendoza, Cahors and Washington State.
Tempranillo produces wines with red fruit, leather, and tobacco notes, and a medium to full body. Popular Regions: Rioja (Spain), Ribera del Duero (Spain), Toro (Spain).
Sangiovese is the heart of Italian wines, offering bright cherry, herbal, and sometimes earthy notes. Popular regions include Tuscany, most notably Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino.
Grenache/Garnacha contributes to fruity and spicy wines with flavours of red berries, pepper, and herbs. Popular regions include the Rhône Valley, Priorat and Barossa Valley.
Nebbiolo creates powerful wines with rose, tar, and cherry notes, featuring high tannins and acidity. Popular regions include Piedmont, Barolo and Barbaresco.
Barbera yields wines with bright acidity and flavours of red cherry, raspberry, and often a hint of herbs. Popular regions include Piedmont, California and Argentina.