Differences between varietal and single-varietal wines

Wine enthusiasts sometimes have doubts about the terms that professionals use to refer to aspects of this field. In this article we will try to clarify the differences between varietal and single-varietal wines. Two types of wines that can be confused due to their appellation, but are different.
A varietal wine is one in which at least 80% is made from a single grape. This percentage can vary, always upwards, depending on the grape varieties that make up the blend. Monovarietal wines, on the other hand, are those made from a single grape variety exclusively, 100% of a single grape variety.
As we can see, the difference is subtle but significant. Varietal wines have a majority presence of one type of grape, but it is not exclusive since it is mixed with other varieties. Monovarietal wines are made from a single grape variety. The aim is to express the full potential of the variety produced.
For example, our
Petra de Valpiedra
is monovarietal, since we make it only using grapes of the Garnacha variety.
On the other hand, our
Finca Valpiedra Reserva
is a varietal wine, because it is made from 90% Tempranillo grapes, and other varieties are also used in its production (6% Graciano and 4% Maturana Tinta).
Well, we hope that this explanation will help you to clarify your doubts about these two types of wine and that, little by little, you will complete your glossary of wine terms. To share with friends and / or fans of this fascinating world of wine.

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