Wine categorization and classification is one of the most important parts of wine manufacturing and drinking. However, prior to continuing with the basics, it is necessary for you to know the right definition of wine. The simplest definition of wine is that it is an alcoholic drink made from grapes. Grapes from different vines are taken and crushed by the wine manufacturers. These crushed grapes are then added with required yeast. Yeast consumes the sugar content of the grapes turning them into wine.
Different Varieties of Grapes There are different varieties of wines made from various types of grapes. However, the most dominant grape variety used for making wine is the Vitis Vinifera or common grape vine. This grape variety is native to Central and East Asia and Europe, but it is also planted throughout the world. This grape species is found in thousands of different varieties. The most well-known varieties of this grape species include Chenin Blanc, Zinfandel, Riesling and Merlot.What are Hybrid Grapes? Hybrid grapes are the grapes that
are made using two different grape species. The wine that is made by combining two different varieties of grapes is called hybrid wine. Hybrid wine possesses the best qualities of both the grape varieties that it is made from. Hybrid wine is generally made using the American grape varieties that have the potential of withstanding cold and the European vinifera which is considered more fragile. The wine created using these grape varieties possesses increased disease resistance and tolerance to cold winters.