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varietal

adjective va·ri·e·tal \ və-ˈrī-ə-tᵊl \
|Updated on: 17 Jul 2018

Definition of varietal

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 2varietal 1)
  • varietal grapes
  • varietal blends

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Origin and Etymology of varietal


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varietal

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Definition of varietal

plural varietals
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

First Known Use of varietal

1941

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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