Can White Wine Really Come From Red Grapes?


“Can white wine come from red grapes? If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? What is the meaning of life? Did Kate Middleton really look THAT good right after she had Prince George and Princess Charlotte?” These are some of the questions that keep me up at night. But mostly the white wine one.

No way can white wine be made from red, purple, or black grapes, right? Wrong! (I thought it was right too; you may join me in my shame). It turns out, white wine can be made from grapes other than those that are white/green, and the reason is actually pretty obvious.

Red wine is generally fermented WITH the skin still on the grapes, so those red, purple, or black grape skins leave their hues behind on the wine while fermenting. So when it comes to red wine, the hue of the wine depends on the color of the grape skin.

Though white wine is usually made using white/green grapes, it can also be made and fermented with red, purple, and black, so long as the skins are removed from the grapes before they are pressed and made into juice. In this case, it is fermented WITHOUT the skin, leaving no hue behind.



Bright Cellars

Our staff is full of passionate wine lovers. With our amazing sommeliers at the helm, we’ve been schooled on all things wine. We came together to write this article, in hopes of spreading a little wine-ducation with you.

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