Blending grape varieties
Blending of grape varieties: a magical practice of French origin.
To obtain more enjoyable flavors, grape varieties can be blended. To do this, complementary grape varieties are chosen in order to provide the best possible results. This blending results in richer, fuller wines that are more interesting than the individual varietal wines chosen to be blended. Far from a flaw, the complexity of blended wines is a highly sought-after quality, and France has a long history of expertise in this area. Blending grape varieties involves very tricky alchemy, requiring a lot of experience. The proportions of the various grape varieties used in the resulting blended wine are determined in a very precise manner. Quite often, blending is done with two grape varieties, thus resulting in a “two-variety” blended wine. Based on the producer’s aims, a greater number of varieties can be blended.