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Rutherford Grown Wine Grape Varieties

Wine grapes come in different varieties. Although it looks as if they are all the same while you drive around the Napa Valley, each grape variety has distinguishable leaves when you look closer.
 
Colinas Farming Company grows wine grapes for our valued clients in different locations around the Napa Valley, most of them in Rutherford, California.
 
Below are some of the different wine grape varieties we grow in Rutherford, California and a brief description to distinguish each type of vine just by looking at its leaves.
 
Merlot
This leaf is medium-sized with a bright, dark green color.
It is heart-shaped with jagged leaf edges.
The Merlot is a red wine grape variety.
 
Cabernet Sauvignon
This leaf is medium-sized with a bright, dark green color.
It is clover-shaped with serrated leaf edges.
The Cabernet Sauvignon is a red wine grape variety.
 
Petit Verdot
This leaf is medium-sized with dark green color.
It is heart-shaped with jagged leaf edges.
Petit Verdot is a red wine grape variety.
Sauvignon Blanc
This leaf is medium-sized with dull, light-green color.
It is clover-shaped with jagged leaf edges.
Sauvignon Blanc is a white wine grape variety.
Viognier
This leaf is large with dull, light-green color.
It is clover-shaped with slightly jagged leaf edges.
The Viognier is a white wine grape variety.
Nebbiolo
This leaf is large with dull, light-green color.
It is wide, long  and heart-shaped with slightly jagged leaf edges.
The Nebbiolo is a dark wine grape variety.
Petite Sirah  or Durif
This leaf is medium with dull, dark-green color.
It is wide and clover-like shape, with slightly jagged leaf edges.
The Petite Sirah is a red wine grape variety.
Sem
This leaf is medium-size with a bright-green color.
It has clover-like shape with slightly jagged leaf edges.
Sem is a red wine grape variety.
Sangiovese
The leaf is large with very dull, dark-green color.
It is long and heart-shaped with jagged leaf edges.
The Sangiovese is a red wine grape variety.
 
So the next time you plan on visiting Napa Valley, you can try and identify the vines by looking at their leaves. It would be a fun and informative activity you can share with your family and friends.