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Definition of varietal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or characterizing a variety varietal names also : being a variety in distinction from an individual or species varietal corn
2 : of a varietal wine (see varietal entry 2 sense 1) varietal grapes varietal blends


plural varietals

Definition of varietal (Entry 2 of 2)

1 or varietal wine : a wine (such as merlot) bearing the name of the principal grape variety from which it is produced Brothers Ross and Bill Spence established Matua in 1973 and were the first to bottle Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand. Today, the winery produces a range of varietals at varying price points.— Alison Napjus Zinfandel works as a stand-alone, 100-percent varietal wine and also lends itself to blending.— James Laube
2 : a grape variety that is used to produce a varietal wine The grape, which produces lush fruit flavors of boysenberry and blackberry, along with vibrant acidity, it is without question Argentina's lead varietal.— James Molesworth

Examples of varietal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Why is this permitted in an area known for varietal labeling? New York Times, 24 June 2022 Guests can order flights to taste four different wines from around the state and learn more about varietal, terroir and the winemaker. Bahar Anooshahr, The Arizona Republic, 21 June 2022 An interview with Matthew Ostrander of Ibantik Craft Beverages, who explains single varietal ciders. Stefene Russell, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 May 2022 Beautiful overall harmony, classic varietal purity and typicity and a wine of excellent structure. Tom Hyland, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 The perfect wine deserves a perfect glass, and that’s what this extension of Riedel Winewings Series offers with their three varietal-specific stemless glassware for riesling, pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon. Jillian Dara, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 Enjoy five tasting stations and 10 wine varietal samples, plus live music and food and a branded souvenir glass to take home. Sara Butler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Mar. 2022 This is a Barolo with notable charm as well as very good typicity and varietal character. Tom Hyland, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 The estate handpicked and sorted the grapes, with each varietal and vineyard block vinified separately, aging in oak for about 12 months. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 15 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of varietal


1866, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for varietal


variety + -al entry 1

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The first known use of varietal was in 1866

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13 Jul 2022

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“Varietal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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