White wine might be more popular during the summer months, but it’s worth drinking year-round. Whether you’re uncorking a Chenin Blanc, Riesling, Viognier, or other favorite varietal, white wines are typically made with green grapes that are fermented without their skins. It’s not always the case, but many white wines are aged in stainless steel rather than oak (which helps reduce oxygen exposure) and white wine is known for having fewer calories per glass than red, if that’s a consideration for you.
The Most Delicious White Wine Varietals
There’s something for everyone in the world of white wine.
- Chardonnay: Originally from France’s Burgundy region, Chardonnay is grown in many regions in the world and always a winner alongside chicken, fish, or creamy cheeses.
- Chenin Blanc: Chenin Blanc is an acidic, citrusy white from France’s Loire Valley, but is also grown successfully in South Africa, the United States, and Argentina.
- Riesling: This German wine can be either sweet or dry depending on the conditions during harvest. Most are light-bodied with floral, citrus, or stone fruit notes.
- Sauvignon Blanc: These grapes are native to the Loire Valley, but New Zealand gives France a run for its money. No matter its country of origin, this varietal features bright flavors like herbs, citrus, and passion fruit.
Top White Wine Brands
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Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards
In 1998, two couples achieved their dream of owning a winery together, and have worked to convert their South African vineyard into an organic paradise that grows three varieties of grapes, including Chenin Blanc.
The winemakers at Calvari believe “every vintage is a discovery.” Now in its fifth generation of ownership, the family continues to honor traditions of the past while modernizing production in order to respect the environment and the indigenous grapes they hand-harvest year after year.
It all started in the 1960s when founder Onofrui Costantino started growing grapes in his Sicilian village. The estate is now overseen by third-generation winemakers who use sustainable farming techniques at their Palermo vineyard.
Best Organic White Wine
Enjoy these white wine offerings from around the world
Tulbagh Mountain Vineyards Chenin Blanc 2019
Enjoy this refreshing Chenin Blanc from South Africa. It’s a medium-bodied sip that pairs with almost anything and won’t overwhelm even your most delicate dishes.
Calvari Pinot Grigio 2019
Here’s a crisp white that is fresh and floral. Uncork this Sicilian wine with light dishes like creamy pastas, grilled dish, or your favorite cheeses.
Costantino Sicilian Grillo 2017
This wine definitely isn’t shy. The grapes matured in Sicilian heat, helping create an acidic bottle balanced by tropical fruit flavors like persimmon and mango.
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