How well do you know your grapes?

A bit of a fun challenge for you – who will be first to correctly identity the grape varieties pictured in the shots below?  Don’t be scared, have a crack!   There are six varieties – I’ll list them in jumbled order  if no-one can crack it first!

These shots were taken this morning on my walk with the dog.  All of the fruit is not ours, but is all within a couple of killometres of our place. I have to say I love this time of year when you can have a good munch on the fruit and it’s amazing how easy it is to recognise the same flavours in the end bottle of wine.  It is not uncommon for people to ask what else  is used to flavour wine – there are no flavour additives – it’s all straight from the vine! 

UPDATE:   The six varieties, in no particular order, are: Gewurztraminer, Sav Blanc, Reisling, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and some Californian table grapes as a wild card!  Now you have to have a go!








And for those that moan about the monoculture of grapes ruining the scenery in these parts, well you can’t complain about these vistas when out on a morning walk, surely!






5 Responses to “How well do you know your grapes?”

  1. March 24, 2009 at 12:24 am

    Hi Aaron,
    do you have any decent pictures of the leaves and the shoot-tips?

    That would help extremely well!

    I did those exams over 15 years ago… Where did I put thoses notes…

    All the best for vintage!

    Cheers Patrick

  2. March 29, 2009 at 3:47 am

    yikes. Can you identify these grapes from these pictures? I can kind of make my way around ampelography with some leaves, but these grape cluster close ups leave me totally clueless.

    Nice landscape though!

  3. 3 Hainesy
    March 30, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Still dazed and confused. That’s no surprise though I’m sure!

    Sadly, they’re just 6 bunches of grapes to me :(. But happily, five of them should make some pretty nice wine :)!

    6 bunches of grapes hanging on the vine
    6 bunches of grapes hanging on the vine
    And if one bunch of grapes is picked to make wine
    There’ll be 5 bunches of grapes hanging on the vine

    That’s as good as my observations get!

    H x

  4. March 30, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Hainsey – I’m loving your poetry! Hope the eardrums are recovering from the diving mishap too!

    Mr o’connell – yes it’s pretty hard to tell the grape varieties from the bunch only shots – although the colours and size allow some to be pinpointed, then its a process of elimination and a bit of guess work! The answers are:

    1. Pinot Noir – dark grapes = dark red wine (skin components included in wine)

    2. Sauvignon Blanc – green grapes = white wine (hard to tell from the Reisling in these bunch only shots)

    3. Pinot Gris – pinkish colour – makes white wine as the skins are removed. Is a mutant of Pinot Noir.

    4. Californian eating grapes – random inclusion after spotting these in brother’s garden! Bigger and nice for eating but just don’t develop the sugars and flavour needed for wine.

    5. Guwurztraminer – pink coloured grapes – again the wine is white as the skins aren’t included. Doesn’t crop as heavily as Pinot Gris but otherwise the fruit looks similar.

    6. Reisling – green grapes, look similar to the Sav.

  5. 5 Hainesy
    March 31, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Hey 🙂

    Thanks for solving the mystery. Please sing my lines to the tune of ’10 green bottles hanging on the wall’. It can be Fiasco’s theme song during harvest :). Life is very quiet. Silence is golden.

    H x

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