Wine Word of the Week: Vinifera



By Kori ~ July 17th, 2010.

This week’s Wine Word of the Week is vinifera.

Official definition from Jancis Robinson’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 ‘wine-grape bearing’.

Layman’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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