Variety character or variety is the totality of all smell, taste and color characteristics that are typical of a particular wine vine are. With old wines this is increasingly blurred. For certain varieties that is Aroma (Primary aroma) particularly characteristic. For example, these are all varieties of muscatel ( nutmeg = grave) or Traminer ( roses, Spices). The second group has a subtle but also characteristic smell such as Cabernet Sauvignon (Currant or Cassis ) Müller-Thurgau (Nutmeg), Riesling (Peaches, apricots) and Sauvignon Blanc (Grass). Some varieties are based on certain flavorings as bouquet places designated.
The third group has only a weak aroma typical of the variety, as is the case with the varieties Blue Portuguese. Chardonnay. Pinot Blanc. Sémillon and Sylvaner true. By Barrique or use botrytisierter Grapes lose the typical taste of the wine or are overlaid by wood or honey notes. To maintain the properties, fermentation be taken into account. Chilled fermentation around 15 ° Celsius and expansion in steel tanks have an advantageous effect. However, the characteristic quality of a wine goes far beyond the varietal character by other factors. See under typicality, as well as a list of grape-specific keywords under grapevine,