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International Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon   Merlot   Pinot Noir   Syrah

Major Varieties: Cabernet Franc    Grenache    Malbec    Nebbiolo    Sangiovese    Tempranillo    Zinfandel

Regional Varieties:   Baga    Barbera    Blaufränkisch    Brachetto    Carignan    Carménère    Cinsaut    Dolcetto    Gamay    Graciano    Lagrein    Malvasia Nera    Marzemino    Montepulciano    Mourvèdre    Nero d'Avola    Petit Verdot    Petite Sirah    Pinot Meunier    Pinotage    Touriga Nacional

The flagship wine grape of South Africa, Pinotage is one of the world's best crosses, a mix of Pinot Noir and Cinsaut. It usually produces deep red wines with the same low tannins as Pinot Noir, but with a more earthy flavor. A versatile grape, it is also used to make fortified or sparkling wines. Easy to grow and vinify, Pinotage is very distinct from the classic French grapes. Some Pinotage is produced in the Sonoma region of California.