of, pertaining to, designating, or characteristic of a variety.
constituting a variety.
(in U.S. winemaking) designating a wine made entirely or chiefly from one variety of grape.


a varietal wine named for such a grape (distinguished from generic).

Origin of varietal

First recorded in 1865–70; variet(y) + -al1
Related formsva·ri·e·tal·ly, adverbin·ter·va·ri·e·tal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for varietal

Contemporary Examples of varietal

  • Climate change is making this varietal harder to grow, at least with the same result, Veseth tells The Daily Beast.

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    An Idiot’s Guide to New Year’s Wine

    Winston Ross

    December 28, 2012

  • This producer makes more Vermentino than any other producer, so clearly they know their varietal.

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    The Secrets of Matchmaking

    Katie Workman

    August 11, 2009

Historical Examples of varietal

British Dictionary definitions for varietal



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
Derived Formsvarietally, adverb
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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.

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