Champagne, a white sparkling wine with black grapes
Wines pressed from black grapes have an important role for champagnes. In fact, out of the three main grape varieties for champagne two of them are black (Pinot Meunier and Pinot Noir). Thus, the term “Blanc de Noirs” (literally translated “White of black” in English) means that a white wine produced from black grapes.
Find out more about red grape varieties that are used to make white wines here!
What about making red wines with white grapes then?
As confusing as it can be, it is also possible to make red wine with white grape varieties. This is due to the fact that not all grape varieties used to produce white wine have a white skin. For example, when fully ripe, grapes such as Gewürztraminer or Pinot Grigio have a red skin. Therefore, if you ferment these grapes in the form of must, while keeping the skins, you will obtain a wine that will vary in color from pinkish to slightly reddish.