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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 This fun, super-fruity, light red wine is made from a southern French grape variety that’s rarely seen as a varietal bottling. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "White Claw's higher-alcohol Surge means Millennials can stop pretending hard seltzer was ever 'healthy'," 15 Apr. 2021 Among the rare Vignoles varietal alone, there were entries from three different wineries, including Keuka Spring Vineyards of Penn Yan in New York’s Finger Lakes region. San Francisco Chronicle, "Sponsored: Competition shines spotlight on lesser known wines," 31 Mar. 2021 Growing from seed is more economical and broadens varietal choice. Patterson Clark, Washington Post, "Your spring planting schedule," 18 Mar. 2021 Awards are broken into multiple categories by both varietal and bottle cost. Marc Bona, cleveland, "4 Northeast Ohio wineries win awards at San Francisco wine competition," 10 Mar. 2021 Concannon was also a pioneer in producing Petite Sirah, and claims to be the first American winery to release a varietal Petite Sirah. Chris Macias,, "Concannon: leave your inner wine snob at the door," 3 Aug. 2020 Then, if need be, fill in any holes with varietal-specific glasses. Céline Bossart, NBC News, "This is the best wine glass to add to your home collection," 9 Dec. 2020 The crown jewel was his 2019 Sangiovese – judged best in its varietal class. Marc Bona, cleveland, "How an Italian village is being created in Valley View with winery’s expansion," 30 Sep. 2020 To better understand what different apples have to offer, the trio makes single varietal ciders for their own education. Liquid Assets Michael Agnew, Star Tribune, "2 Minnesota cideries are leading the return to traditional cidermaking," 23 Sep. 2020

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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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20 Apr 2021

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“Varietal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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