TRIVIA TIME! Did you know that red wines get their hue from the juice fermenting with the grape skins and seeds? To make white wines, however, the skins and seeds of the grapes are removed before they’re fermented.

Whether you’re a wine expert or not, the colors of the wine will surely interest you. So here are the red wine and white wine colors with their respective descriptions.

Wine color chart

Colors of Red Wine

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Light-bodied red wines such as St. Laurent, Pinot Noir, and Zweigelt tend to have higher levels of acid and less tannin. The colors of light-bodied red wines can extend from a bright magenta to garnet.

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Medium-bodied red wines like Zinfandel, Merlot, and Sangiovese have medium levels of acid and tannin. This range of wines is also diverse.

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Full-bodied red wines such as Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Syrah have slightly lower acidity compared to medium-bodied red wines. However, they have high tannin. Because they’re highly extracted, they are opaque as well.

Cabernet Sauvignon red wine

Old Red Wine

A red wine will have a dull brown hue if it’s way past its best years. Others may last up to 20 years without changing colors, but Nebbiolo and Merlot turn into orange earlier than other kinds of wine.

Rosé Wine

Red grapes like Mourvedre are used to make rosé wine, but the skins of the grapes aren’t exposed to the juice for long. Because of that, Rosé wines, like Pinot Noir and Garnacha, appear paler than the typical red wine. Their colors range from pale salmon to magenta.

Colors of White Wine

Light-Bodied White Wine

Light-bodied white wines like Albarino, Muscadet, Pinot Grigio, and Vinho Verde vary from clear to a pale yellow-green color. It’s best to drink them when they’re young and cold as ice.

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Most white wines are medium-bodied. They have a pale yellow-gold color. Examples of medium-bodied white wines are Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Unoaked Chardonnay.

Raats Chenin Blanc white wine

Full-Bodied White Wine

These wines have less acid levels, and they use oak aging in order to add vanilla scents and creaminess. Among full-bodied white wines are Marsanne, Chardonnay, and Viognier.

Old White Wine

Not many white wines can last for more than a few of years. Because they’re sensitive to light, old white wines lose their shine and have a more orange color over time.


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