96 different styles and types of wine

96 different styles and types of wine

How easy is it to figure out the style and the type of wine we prefer?

If we only take into account types of wine related to colour and style and add our food preferences (at least 7 most popular ones), we will end up with a whopping 96 different options! Let's outline what are those: 

Types of wine relating to colour


White wine is made of grape juice that is coming from white grape varieties with or without skin contact, but sometimes also from black grapes with no contact with the skins. Hence all types of white wines are lemon, gold or sometimes amber in colour. 


Rose wine made of black grape varieties with very short skin contact. It gives these wines a shade of red colour: orange, pink, very light red. With this short extraction only little tannin is getting into wine, so if it is something you do not like, opt for lighter but well balanced rose wines.


Red wine is made of black grapes that were fermented on skins and it is quite usual that winemakers will decide to extract as much colour, tannins and other flavonoids (including antioxidants and nutrients) as possible. They may opt for gentle way (more expensive but better for you) or mass market cheap and cheerful extraction to do it quickly and for the max amount of grapes as possible (no need to say that those wines contain much less goodness).

Some types of red wines are better suited for oak treatment, whereas some are better off young and fresh. We encourage you to try both styles to make your own opinion.

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Types of wine relating to style & winemaking

Light. Young. Fresh

Most of white wines will fall into this category unless the wine was aged in barrels. Young red wines that haven't seen any oak contact can also described as juicy and fresh. Chill these wines for an extra elegance and freshness. Generally better with lightly flavoured foods, during summer or as an aperitif or a cheeky glass on its own.

Medium bodied. Spicy

Some grape varieties aren't timid at all, so even if the wine is fresh and medium bodied, they can still express as spicy, with herbal, pungent of sweet spice characters. These wines are also very aromatic, perfumed and generally unoaked or very lightly oaked. They are generally quite high in acidity that goes along with the wine's pronounced aromas. 

Medium bodied. Smooth

Wines that have seen oak contact (both reds and whites) are generally much more smooth, round and velvety smooth. If you are not a fan of high acidity wines, but also not too keen on powerful and strong styles, this is your category.

Full bodied. Powerful. Rich

Think of high in alcohol, full bodied red wines, but also very ripe oak-aged New World Chardonnays. These are the wines to paired with flavoursome meals, can be perfect matches to rich gravy and sauces. 

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Popular food pairings

We have selected the following distinct types of food that you can match your wine to. Here are 7 most popular choices:

  • Light starters and aperitif. Salads. Soft cheeses.
  • Spicy. Oriental. 
  • Fish and seafood.
  • White meats. Poultry.
  • Red meats. Game.
  • Vegetarian. Vegan.
  • Versatile. Everyday dinners.

It's clear that for most of people the last option would be the safest one, however it doesn't mean we couldn't be huge fans of medium bodied white wines with our fish dishes or enjoy comfort food such as stews with mature and full bodied reds!

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