- a varietal wine named for such a grape (distinguished from generic).
Origin of varietal
Examples from the Web for varietal
Climate change is making this varietal harder to grow, at least with the same result, Veseth tells The Daily Beast.An Idiot’s Guide to New Year’s Wine
December 28, 2012
This producer makes more Vermentino than any other producer, so clearly they know their varietal.The Secrets of Matchmaking
August 11, 2009
These are only some of the varietal differences of the tomato.Tomato Culture: A Practical Treatise on the Tomato
William Warner Tracy
The Floridian form has received the varietal name of mortoni.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide
Augusta Foote Arnold
This is probably only a varietal form of the preceding species.
Specimens connecting the typical with the varietal form are in my possession.
The writer prefers not to apply the varietal name to the forms of our area.Trees of Indiana</p>
Charles Clemon Deam
- of, relating to, characteristic of, designating, or forming a variety, esp a biological variety
- a wine labelled with the name of the grape from which it is pressed
Word Origin and History for varietal
1866, a biologists' word (first attested in Darwin), from variety. In reference to wines, meaning "made from a single variety of grape" is first attested 1941, American English. As a noun, in this sense, attested from 1955.