What is the difference between a variety and a varietal?

A. A variety is a grape that occurred spontaneously in Nature; a varietal is a grape that was intentionally created by scientists or researchers

B. A variety is a grape; a varietal is a wine

C. A variety belongs to the European species vinifera; a varietal belongs to any one of several north American species

D. There is no difference; the words are interchangeable


Variety refers to a grape. A vineyard, for example, might be planted with the variety cabernet sauvignon. A varietal refers to the wine made from a given variety. So, in a wine shop, you can buy a bottle of the varietal cabernet sauvignon which is made from the variety cabernet sauvignon.

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