By Kori ~ July 17th, 2010.
This weekâ€™s Wine Word of the Week is vinifera.
Official definition from Jancis Robinsonâ€™s The Oxford Companion to Wine:
Vinifera, the European species of Vitis that is the vine most used for wine production, to which all the most familiar vine varieties belong. Vinifera is not a classical Latin word, but one made up by Linnaeus to denote â€˜wine-grape bearingâ€™.
Laymanâ€™s terms from Kori:
Vinifera, formally known as Vitis vinifera, is native to Europe and west Asia and is the only species of grapevines used on a widespread basis for wine grapes.
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