Top 12 Difficult Wine Names to Pronounce
Wines are made and sold all around the world these days, and many are still made all across Europe in countries speaking varied languages.
Grape varieties have been selected from Vitis Vinifera and adapted to different climates and soils in all corner of Europe. They have different names in their respective region of origin.
Furthermore, many wine appellation are named after the famous local wine village.
As a result, many names of wines are simply very difficult, hard to pronounce for non-French, -German, -Spanish, or -Italian speakers.
While there are thousands of wine names that make most of us uncomfortable saying, for some of them, it just seems impossible to figure out the correct pronunciation when looking at them.
Here we’ve selected the 12 hardest names of wines to pronounce properly, unless you know and hear their correct pronunciation first. once you’ve done that indeed, you will realize they are not all that difficult to say after all…
This is why you will find below a video gathering and explaining those 12 impossible wine terms, what they mean and where they come. Once you’ve heard a word in its context and its meaning, it’s simply much easier to remember.
You will also find individual videos for each word if you need further details and explanation about how to pronounce them. Enjoy…
The 12 Hardest Wine Words to Say – Video:
List of the 12 Most Difficult Wine names to Pronounce:
We’ve all heard of Cabernet Sauvignon, as it’s without a doubt the most famous of all red wine grape varieties. yet, with its French origin, very few actually get its pronunciation right. Hear it said by Julien in the video below:
The name of a village making extremely reputable sweet wines from grapes affected by Botrytis (Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon) in the Bordeaux wine region of France. The most famous of all Sauternes is the Premier Grand Cru Classé in 1855, Chateau d’Yquem. hear how to say Sauternes in the following video.
Grüner Veltliner (Green Veltliner) is a white wine grape variety grown primarily in Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic
A Greek red wine grape variety that is particularly popular for its spiciness and its lingering acidity. Sometimes called the Pinot Noir of Greece, Xinomavro the main red wine grape in the wine of Naoussa, and around Amyntaio, in Macedonia, Greece.
The white grape variety that gives their body and texture to the Bordeaux blend whites in South Western France. Sémillon is also popular in the Hunter Valley of Australia.
Do we still need to introduce Rioja? The most famous of all Spanish wine regions, making powerful yet elegant red wines from the Tempranillo grape, often aged for long periods in American oak barrels, like the Reserva or Gran Reserva wines.
The French white grape behind some of the best white wines in the Rhone valley of France, the wines of Condrieu in particular. Condrieu is also usedblended to make Cotes du Rhone whites as well as wines in Languedoc and California.
Bourgueil is a village and a wine appellation (AOC) of the Loire Valley in France making primarily red wines from the Cabernet Franc grape variety.
Chateau Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
One of the most reputable chateaus of the left bank of Bordeaux, classified in 1855 in Pauillac. Also one of the longest winery names in France.
The literal translation of the German wine term Trockenbeerenauslese, its meaning in German is “dried berries selection”. Trockenbeerenauslese is the highest level in the Prädikatswein German and Austrian systems of classifying wines by sugar content, including the Riesling wines from Mosel or Burgenland. These wines are so rare and concentrated, yet made in some of the best vineyards (Grand Crus) of their respective regions, that many of the most expensive wines is the world (that are not Burgundy Pinot Noir) are Trockenbeerenauslese wines.