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Wines are usually listed in three main ways:

  1. Listing wines by place of origin (geographical)
  2. Listing wines by type
  3. Listing wines by grape


  1. Geographical listing of wine:

The traditional approach is to list wines by geographical area: wines are presented country by country or region, and then within area by area. It is also usual to have the wined presented under each country, region or area with the white wines first, followed by the rose wines and then the red wines.

  1. Listing wines by type

A modern approach is to have wines listed by types:

  • Sparkling wines
  • White wines
  • Rose wines
  • Red wines
  • Dessert (sweet) wines

The wines can then be listed under each type of wine in three main ways:

  • Country by country
  • Region by region
  • By the style of the wine

If the wines are to be listed by type and by style, then the wines could be presented under the following headings:

  • Sparkling wines
  • Grassy- fruity whites
  • White wines:
    • Grapy whites
    • Grassy-fruity whites
    • Richer whites
  • Red wines

Fruity reds

Claret style reds

Herby – spicy reds

To help the customer choose a wine and to enable staff to make recommendations, it is also useful for each of the groups of wines to be listed in order from the lighter wines to the more full wines.

  1. Listing wines by grapes


If the wines are to be listed by grapes then one approach could be to list the grapes in alphabetical order as follows:

White grapes


Chenin Blane


Pinot Blanc

Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio


Sauvignon Blanc


Other white grapes

Red grapes

Cabernet Sauvignon



Pinot Noir





Other red grapes


Source of information:

HOODER EDUCATION UK - Food and Beverage Service (eighth edition)


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