Definition of varietal in English:


Pronunciation /vəˈrīədl/ /vəˈraɪədl/


  • 1(of a wine or grape) made from or belonging to a single specified variety of grape.

    ‘the pure varietal character of the grape’
    • ‘These are well-made varietal wines, Cabernet franc, Merlot and Chardonnay, selling for around $25 a bottle.’
    • ‘Although these blends are usually a producer's most expensive wines, only varietal wines made from a single grape qualify for D.O.C. status.’
    • ‘Prices for multi-purpose grapes have fallen sharply as Americans have shifted to varietal wines made from Merlot, Cabernet, Zinfandel, or Chardonnay grapes.’
    • ‘Four types of Madeiras, each named for a varietal grape, predominate.’
    • ‘The result is a range of wines that show great depth and outstanding varietal character.’
  • 2Botany Zoology
    Relating to or forming a variety.

    ‘varietal names’
    • ‘This lack of varietal distinction or population grouping is often associated with high levels of variation within and among populations of a species.’
    • ‘Once achieved, the targeting of genomic regions for varietal improvement would be possible through marker-assisted selection.’
    • ‘The flavour of tomato was influenced not only by varietal differences and the nutritional regime of the plants, but also by the stage of ripening when picking fruit and by post-harvest storage conditions.’
    • ‘This 144-page book covers common mineral names, briefly giving their histories, as well as varietal and popular names.’
    • ‘In the past, botanists attempted to classify these kinds, giving them varietal names such as Cocos nucifera var typica.’


  • A varietal wine or grape.

    ‘the better quality California varietals’
    • ‘Long famous for its Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons, Sonoma is now garnering more attention for other varietals, such as Syrah and Merlot.’
    • ‘For varietals, the wine must be made of 85 percent of the grape variety shown on the label.’
    • ‘Now the winery is looking at different varietals and blends to keep up with the changing tastes of American consumers.’
    • ‘The best varietals are going to come from specific regions as they do in France.’
    • ‘A varietal is a wine made predominantly from one specific grape and is labeled as such, for example, California Merlot.’