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Home | Wine Labels


Wine Labels

Wine labels can contain a lot of useful information that will help guide your selection in wine.  The most common items included on a wine label are:

  • Name of the Wine
  • The name of the winery (or Chateau in France, Bodega in Spain, Italy and South America)
  • Vintage
  • Alcohol content
  • Distributor or Importer
  • Grape variety

The regulation of wine production including the contents of labels varies by coutnry, and individual appellations with that country.  The articles below describe using examples, the unique aspects of wine labels in each country.

Wines to Grapes - France the Loire Valley
January 8, 2014
Often wonder what grape varieties are used to make a wine labeled by region, AOC, DOCG or Chateau? In this third of a series we begin our exploration into one of the most complex countries when it comes to understanding wine labels -- France. . . . keep reading
Grapes to Wine - Spain
November 5, 2013
Often wonder what grape varieties are used to make a wine labeled by region, AOC, DOCG or Chateau? In this second of a series we explore the better known wines from Spain, and provide a translation chart from the wine name to the grape variety or varieties that are used in its production. . . . keep reading
Wine Labels from Germany
When encountering a German label it may seem necessary to refer to more than just a translation book. Indeed, an encyclopedia, atlas, and even a compass might help. The amount of information on a German wine label is the first intimidating aspect to understanding what is in the bottle, leaving consumers asking, where to begin? . . . keep reading
Wine Labels from Portugal
For many wine enthusiasts, Portugal remains a bit of an enigma. Recognized for its unique and often imitated fortified wines (Madeira and Port), the Iberian country's table wines suffer a certain amount of inattention from the general public despite its varied assortment of delightful wines. Part of that disregard may be due to the character of Portugal and its wines. One of the smaller countries in Europe with a language that is only spoken in a handful of other countries, combined with the predominant use of native grapes, makes some consumers scratch their heads rather than please their palate. . . . keep reading
Wine Labels from Argentina
Although Argentina owes much of its oenological success to the European influence from the 1600s onward, its laws in relation to its wine industry, do not adhere to the strict requirements of those of their ancestors. . . . keep reading
Wine Labels from Spain
Like many European wine-growing countries, Spain is foremost concerned with region rather than grape.  For many Spaniards, it is redundant to put both terms on the face of a bottle because the re . . . keep reading
Wine labels from France
When trying to decipher a French wine label, it helps to understand the philosophy behind its creation. For the French, the most important aspect of a wine label is the wine's origin. Knowing where the wine is made will tell the consumer a lot about its characteristics, including varietal, style, and quality. For those not steeped in French wine regions, it presents a sizeable challenge as there are over 470 individual AOC designations in France. . . . keep reading
Wine labels from Italy
The task of reading and understanding a wine label can often be somewhere between a bit confusing and downright insurmountable.  The complexity usually arises either when the grape variety i . . . keep reading
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