The types of white wine include Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Moscato and several other wines made from different grapes at different vineyards all over the world. White wines range from sweet (Moscato, Gewürtztraminer) to dry (Chardonnay, Sémillon) and many variations in between the two extremes.

10 Best Types Of White Wine

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There are several popular types of white wine you can find at supermarkets, convenience stores, online, and from your local wine merchants. The taste, vintage, and quality depend on many variables, including when and where the wine was produced, the type of grape, and the techniques used by the wine producer.

 There is no type, or varietal, of white wine that’s perfect for everyone, but some types are appreciated by many wine drinkers worldwide, while others are usually experienced by people with more adventurous or refined tastes.

 Our list takes a look at some of the most coveted white wine genres worldwide, and a stellar wine within each type.

How We Chose Our Ratings

The ratings we’ve chosen for the top wine in each category depend on several factors, including the number and quality of online reviews. If you’re new to white wine (or a particular variety of white wine), deciding which bottle to choose can be tough if you can’t sample it first.

 We gave preference to wine by producers with an excellent track record and at least a few detailed online reviews to help guide consumers.  

  • Positive online reviews from customers.
  • Detailed reviews by wine experts.
  • The wine is affordable for most people.
  • Available online and from popular retail wine stores.
  • The wine can be easily paired with popular foods.
  • Top 10 Best Types Of White Wines

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    You’d have to visit your local wine store a few times a week to acquaint yourself with all the types of white wine. And there are sub-types within each varietal (dry, sweet, off-dry) and different countries/regions producing these wines.

    Irony Chardonnay



    This wine boasts aromas of juicy stone fruit & toasted oak open to flavors of yellow apple, bright citrus & hints of spice & butter. This medium bodied Chardonnay is rich & ripe with a long finish. This item is available for Gift Wrap.


    SKU: #99533
    Brand/Company: Irony Vineyards
    Type/Varietal: Chardonnay
    Country: USA
    Region: California
    Style: Other
    Size: 750 ML

    Chardonnay is one of the best-selling types of white wine in the U.S. Popular Chardonnay brands come from France's Burgundy region, and taste of citrus and apple. Most U.S. production is centered in California and Washington state, with New Oak-aged wines sporting a vanilla flavor.

     We recommend Irony Russian River if you’re looking for a new Chardonnay

    This California-produced wine is value-priced but has wowed experts.

    The 2015 vintage of this Chardonnay won a gold medal in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. This wine has a medium body and aromas of stone fruit and pineapple, along with hints of oak and spice. You can drink it alone or with food – it pairs best with lobster or fried oysters.

     Online reviewers commented that Irony Russian River Chardonnay was fresh and smooth with no bite and that it tastes of pear, nectarine, apple, and minerals. It will pair well with most foods. The wine has no aftertaste like some other Chardonnays, one reviewer adds.

    Riesling - Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling

    Riesling




    The Willamette Valley Vyds Riesling is fresh and full of life; notes of sugar one the palate; fresh aftertaste. This item is available for Gift Wrap.



    SKU: #91513
    Brand/Company: Willamette Valley Winery
    Type/Varietal: Riesling
    Country: USA
    Region: Oregon
    Size: 750 ML
    Private Label: Private Collection

    Riesling grapes grow in Alsace and Germany and flourish when it’s cool. A Riesling wine may be sweet or dry, and Oregon, Washington, and California produce many dry versions of this wine. Tart, acidic Rieslings combine apple, mineral, and stone fruit flavors.

    Interested in trying a different Riesling? Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling has a fresh taste that leaves notes of sugar and a clean aftertaste, according to consumers who’ve bought the wine. It’s smooth and not too sweet or dry, says one reviewer, while another calls it a carefree drink for summer.

    Serve this wine chilled and let it warm up in your glass to experience its fullest aroma and flavor. As you first sip the wine, you'll feel an intense acidity that opens up the palate to pineapple, peach and honeysuckle flavors.

    Pair Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling with seafood, cheeses or Asian food, or save it for dessert.  

    Sauvignon Blanc - St Supery Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc




    The St Supery Sauvignon Blanc exhibits grassy, dried herbal flavors; medium bodied and firm on the palate. This item is available for Gift Wrap.


    SKU:#4754
    Brand/Company: St Supery Vineyards & Winery
    Type/Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
    Country: USA
    Region: California
    Size: 750 ML

    Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and grassy in flavor, and it’s one of the most refreshing white wines you can drink. It contains a small amount of sugar and is relatively high in acid. The grapes used to make this wine are grown in France’s Bordeaux region.

    A dry but refreshing wine, Sauvignon Blanc is mineral-rich and has herb and grass aromas. It’s crisp and gives you a pucker when you drink it. This wine is rarely aged in oak, which gives it a distinctive fruity taste. This wine is also produced in Chile, South Africa, and California.

    A Sauvignon Blanc varietal is lighter than a Chardonnay, and may even have a pungent aroma of jalapeño pepper or gooseberry. When winemakers make Sauvignon Blanc using oak barrels, the wine may have a smoky or toasty aroma.

    The California-produced St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc contains grassy notes along with flavors of lime, grapefruit, and dried herbs. The balanced Sauvignon Blanc has pale yellow colors enhanced with sparks of green. It has a medium body, and is crisp and refreshing on summer days, according to an online reviewer.

     

    Chenin Blanc







    Varietal: Chenin Blanc

    Country: United States

    Sub-Region: California

    Specific Appellation: Anderson 

    Valley/Mendocino


     Chenin Blanc is a versatile white wine that can be similar to Chardonnay, dry or sparkling. Sparkling Chenin Blanc can be Demi-Sec (sweet) or Brut (dry), with notes of ginger, yellow apple, and plum. Sweet Chenin Blanc features mango, toasted almond, dried persimmon or mandarin orange flavors.

     Dry Chenin Blanc is produced from grapes that are kept fresh after being fermented. This style of Chenin Blanc is lean and has flavors including quince, tart pear, and chamomile. Off-dry versions still contain some natural sugar and contain richer tastes of passionfruit, ginger, and jasmine.  

     Pair Chenin Blanc with trout, smoked salmon, veal, pork chops or turkey, or serve it with cream cheese, cheddar or other semi-firm or soft cheeses.

     Try Husch Mendocino County Chenin Blanc if you want an affordable, slightly sweet California Chenin Blanc. It has an aroma of blossoms, stone fruits, and honey with Key Limes and Meyer lemons.

     This Chenin Blanc has the body of a Chardonnay with the aroma of a lighter-tasting wine, according to its' vintner.

    Gewürtztraminer - Fetzer Gewurztraminer

    Gewurztraminer



    Complex aromas of tangerine, mango and orange spice. Rich flavors of pineapple, baked pears, cinnamon, clove and caramelized apples. This item is available for Gift Wrap.



    SKU:#4030
    Brand/Company:Fetzer Vineyards
    Type/Varietal:Gewurztraminer
    Country:USA
    Region:California
    Style:Other
    Size:750 ML

    Spicy Gewürtztraminers are produced in Germany, New Zealand, the Alsace region of France, California, and Oregon. Sweet grapes are harvested later in the season, but if you're looking for a dry wine, try trocken or halbtrocken from Germany.

    Fetzer Gewurztraminer offers spicy aromas and a palate that’s off-dry. The cinnamon caramelized apple and baked pear flavors are warm and pair well with Indian and Asian food – and sweets. It features just the right amount of acidity to balance the fruit and sugar content.

    If you enjoy Riesling but want to try a new white wine, Fetzer Gewurztraminer may be to your liking. Several online reviewers remark that it is one of their favorite sweet white wines. It has sweet tones with just a hint of dryness, writes one consumer.

    Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris - Hugel "Grossi Laüe" Pinot Gris Alsace

    Pinot Grigio







    Varietal: Pinot Gris

    Country: France

    Sub-Region: Alsace

    Organic: Yes


    These light, fruit-flavored wines are called Pinot Gris everywhere but Italy, where it’s referred to as Pinot Grigio. Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are named for the same grape variety. It is a white grape with a pink skin with a gray or brown tint.

     Although the grape is still mostly grown in Alsace, France, Italian vintners brought the wine to its current popularity on the world stage. Italian Pinot Grigio wine is light-bodied and fresh, with a floral aroma and some spice and stone fruit added.

     Pinot Gris (as produced in Alsace) has a fuller body and viscous texture. It's also spicier and richer and ages better in storage.

     Hugel "Grossi Laüe" Pinot Gris Alsace is one of the best examples of Pinot Gris out there. It's dry and fresh like a Riesling but has enticing aromas of honey, melon, and blossoms.

     This wine has 15 percent alcohol content, but the acidity and balanced finish make it seem less concentrated.  The freshness allows it to age longer than the average Pinot Gris.

     This moderately-priced, nuanced wine comes from the three best plots on the Hugel estate in Alsace.

    Viognier - K Vintners "Art Den Hoed Vineyard" Yakima Valley Viognier 

    Viognier








    Varietal: Viognier

    Country: United States

    Sub-Region: Washington

    Viognier grapes are dry and low in acid. They contain honeysuckle floral notes and fruity aromas such as peach, mango, and apricot. Since Viognier is low-acid, you might assume it's a dry wine, but it's sweet-tasting.  It has a creamy texture and may have nutmeg or musk notes.

     K Vintners "Art Den Hoed Vineyard" Yakima Valley Viognier from Washington State has received praise from the Wine Advocate, which calls the reasonably-priced wine beautiful and “elegantly glossy” on the palate. This Viognier has notes of honeysuckle, pineapple and white cherries and a hint of saltiness.

    Pinot Blanc - Chalone Estate Pinot Blanc 2014

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    Pinot Blanc is similar to Chardonnay, and comes from Italy, the Alsace region of France, Austria, and Germany. You'll recognize this white wine by the aromas of pear, citrus, and apple.  Full-bodied and dry, this wine is referred to as Pinot Bianco in Spain and Italy, and Weissburgunder in Austria and Germany.

    The Chalone Estate Pinot Blanc is affordable, but a tad more expensive than similar wines from more familiar winemakers. It has a silky texture, full body and greets you with floral and apple pie notes. The palate features apple, apricot and nectarine finished off by warm oak.  

    Enjoy this wine with a pork loin dinner, complete with potatoes and applesauce.

    The experts at Wine Enthusiast describe Chalone Estate Pinot Blanc as having juice and lemon rind on the palate and a chalkiness that sets off lemon curd flavors. Wine.com comments that it offers ripe fruit on the palate and a round aftertaste.

    Sémillon - Tyrrell's Sémillon Hunter Valley New South Wales

    Sémillon







    Varietal: Semillon

    Country: Australia

    Sub-Region: New South Wales

    Specific Appellation: Hunter Valley

    The Sémillon varietal has a strong taste and aroma of figs or berries. It may be blended with Sauvignon Blanc to downplay its natural flavor. Sémillon is the main white grape grown in France’s Bordeaux region. This varietal is also referred to as River Riesling, Chevrier or blanc doux.    

    Other Sémillon-producing regions are California, Australia, Argentina and Chile.  

    Dry Sémillon goes well with pasta salad, mussels or clams, but you can drink any version of this wine with fish. The Barsac and Sauternes versions of this white wine are made from overripe grapes and often blended with Sauvignon Blanc to produce a full-bodied wine.

    Tyrrell's Sémillon Hunter Valley New South Wales gives you a fresh and fruit-tinged introduction to this varietal. It features lime juice and green apple notes with a suggestion of crushed stone. Wine Advocate gave it 90 out of 100 and praised its texture and finish. 

    Moscato - Cantina Di Casteggio Moscato

    Moscato







    Aromatic and delicate the delightful Cantina di Casteggio Moscato is fresh and easy; fun with flowers and ripe peaches; sweet, with fine balance. This item is available for Gift Wrap.

    SKU:#92659
    Brand/Company:Cantina di Casteggio
    Type/Varietal:Muscat
    Country:Italy
    Region:Lombardy
    Size:750 ML
    Private Label:Private Collection

    Moscato grapes belong to the Muscat, grape family. These grapes thrive in Italy, Austria (where the wine is called Muskateller), and France's Rhône Valle, where it's referred to as Muscat Blanc à petit grains.

    Moscato wine has a fruity, sweet taste and has a musky or grapefruit aroma. It is best served alone before or after dinner, but sweet Moscato may be paired with desserts.

    If you like sweet, delicate wine with a fruity, floral aroma, we recommend Cantina di Casteggio Moscato. This Italian Moscato is value-priced, with one online reviewer comparing it to a white wine version of Martinelli's Cider.

    It combines apple and raspberry notes and has enough balance to prevent it from becoming too sweet.  Pair it with soft cheeses, bread, biscotti or cherry pie.

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    Chardonnay – Irony Russian River Chardonnay​​​​​

    SKU: #99533
    Brand/Company: Irony Vineyards
    Type/Varietal: Chardonnay
    Country: USA
    Region: California
    Style: Other
    Size: 750 ML

    Riesling - Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling

    SKU: #91513
    Brand/Company: Willamette Valley Winery
    Type/Varietal: Riesling
    Country: USA
    Region: Oregon
    Size: 750 ML
    Private Label: Private Collection

    Sauvignon Blanc - St Supery Sauvignon Blanc
    SKU:#4754
    Brand/Company: St Supery Vineyards & Winery
    Type/Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
    Country: USA
    Region: California
    Size: 750 ML
    Chenin Bla​​​​nc- Husch Mendocino County Chenin Blan​​​​c

    Varietal: Chenin Blanc

    Country: United States

    Sub-Region: California

    Specific Appellation: Anderson 

    Valley/Mendocino

    Gewürtztraminer - Fetzer Gewurztraminer

    SKU:#4030
    Brand/Company:Fetzer Vineyards
    Type/Varietal:Gewurztraminer
    Country:USA
    Region:California
    Style:Other
    Size:750 ML

    Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris - Hugel "Grossi Laüe" Pinot Gris Alsace

    Varietal: Pinot Gris

    Country: France

    Sub-Region: Alsace

    Organic: Yes

    Viognier - K Vintners "Art Den Hoed Vineyard" Yakima Valley Viognier

    Varietal: Viognier

    Country: United States

    Sub-Region: Washington

    Pinot Blanc - Chalone Estate Pinot Blanc 2014

    N/A

    Sémillon - Tyrrell's Sémillon Hunter Valley New South Wales​​​​

    Varietal: Semillon

    Country: Australia

    Sub-Region: New South Wales

    Specific Appellation: Hunter Valley

    Moscato - Cantina di Casteggio Moscato

    SKU:#92659
    Brand/Company:Cantina di Casteggio
    Type/Varietal:Muscat
    Country:Italy
    Region:Lombardy
    Size:750 ML
    Private Label:Private Collection

    Buyer’s Guide

    Anyone who is new to white wine may be overwhelmed by all the available choices, but with the assistance of wine store sales clerks, online chats with sales reps, or wine-loving friends, you'll learn about the best wine types for your tastes, and what to pair with dinner or dessert.

     

    Once you discover a few favorite types of white wine, it will only lead to discovering more nuanced and flavorful wines from all over the world. If you’re lucky enough to discover one wine you love at the expense of all others, you’ll miss out on a lot of great tastes, but you will save yourself time and money.