One of the earliest known wines was a red wine enjoyed in Greece in around 7000BC. It was also very popular in ancient Egypt where pictures of wine making feature on tombs dating from 3000BC when a royal winemaking industry was established in the Nile Delta. Fast forward a few thousand years and red wine is now produced all over the world. We have red wine from 22 countries available for you to try here at VINVM, so how do you go about choosing the right red wine for you?
The four main varieties of grape used to produce red wine are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Syrah, which are all strongly associated with the region of France in which they were originally grown. Most red wines feature the grape variety on the label and this gives a good indication of what to expect inside the bottle.
Cabernet Sauvignon is a powerful, thick-skinned grape variety. It gives Bordeaux wine its distinctive flavour of cassis and is also popular in Californian, Chilean, Argentinian, Australian and Tuscan reds. Merlot grapes produce softer, fleshier red wines with hints of plum and cherry and Pinot Noir is used in lighter-coloured fruity reds such as Burgundy. Syrah is commonly used in wines from the Rhone Valley and is also popular with Australian wine producers, where it is known as Shiraz, producing dense, full-bodied reds with notes of blackberry.
At VINVM we have a huge range of red wine to suit all tastes. Use the filters to choose your preferred country, winery or variety of grape and we’re sure you’ll find the perfect red for any occasion.