Join us on location at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, in Sonoma County, California. You’ll hear TCM host Ben Mankiewicz and Master of Wine Justin Howard-Sneyd answer the question - Just what is a Varietal.
HINT- Here's the answer:
Well, a varietal is the term given to the type of grape variety you've used to make that particular wine. So, right behind us here we have a vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon. That is a grape varietal, and wines made that are called Cabernet Sauvignon are made from that varietal, and there are literally thousands of different varietals around the world, it's 2,000 in Italy alone. So it's quite complicated but there are probably a handful of varietals that really are wines that you'd encounter all around the world and are well-known names of the wine world.