THE WINE COLORS

The colors of the wine can vary strongly depending on age, concentration and winemaking techniques. The grapes and wines below often, but not always, exhibit the listed colors. Generally speaking, younger red wines tend to be violet and purple in color, while more mature red wines tend to be a rich garnet color.

WHITE WINE

Grayish yellow
Pinot Grigio

Greenish yellow
Sauvignon Blanc

Pale yellow
Colombard, Grüner Veltliner

Lemon yellow
Riesling, Gewürztraminer

Light gold
Chenin Blanc

Golden yellow
Chardonnay, Viognier, Sémillon

Gold
Dessert wines

Brownish yellow
Sherry, mature White Burgundy

Amber
Vin Santo, Tokaji

Brown
Malaga, Marsala

ROSÉ

Onion skin
Rosé Champagne

Salmon
Rosé Syrah

Raspberry
Rosé Grenache, White Zinfandel

RED WINE

Copper
Aged Grenache

Brick red
Mature Pinot Noir, aged Bordeaux

Garnet
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Nebbiolo

Ruby
Young Pinot Noir, Tempranillo

Cherry
Sangiovese, Zinfandel

Purple
Barbera, Amarone

Blackish red
Shiraz, Vintage Port