Zinfandel

Zinfandel is a red grape variety whose origins are still debated today. It is one of California’s old red grape varieties but it has been traced to Eastern Europe and Southern Italy. The wine this grape makes has a deep color and a very fruity flavor. Because of the high sugar content of this grape, it can be fermented to produce alcoholic levels above 15%. The red berry fruit flavors are more common in cooler areas, while the anise and pepper flavors come from the grape being grown in warmer areas as well as with Zinfandel grapes that mature faster. Because of the different periods of ripening of this grape, it is hard to grow and the high quality Zinfandel grapes are known to come from old vines, which produce smaller amounts but with deeper and more intense flavor.

USA

California

 

Color of grape red with purple.
Species Vitis Vinifera
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