Wine: From the Lightest to the Strongest


Have you ever wondered what the difference is between red and white wine, or how wine is made? Wine has been around for centuries, and its history is just as diverse as the types of wine that are available today. In this article, we’ll take a look at the wine history timeline, from its earliest beginnings to the present day.

There are many different types of wine, from the lightest whites to the darkest reds. But what makes one wine lighter or darker than another? In this article, we’ll explore the answer to that question, and discover how the different types of wine are made.

Types of Wine

The color of a wine is determined by the type of grape used to make it. White wines are made with white grapes, while red wines are made with red grapes. The skin of a grape is what gives the wine its color. White wines are made by crushing the grapes and taking only the juice, which is clear. Red wines are made by crushing both the juice and the skins together.

The longer the skins are left in contact with the juice, the darker the color of the wine will be. Wine is typically categorized by its color. The lightest wines are white, while the darkest are red. In between these two extremes are rosés, which are pink, and sparkling wines, which can be either white or rosé.

White wines are made with white grapes, such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling. These wines tend to be lighter in both body and flavor.Rosé wines are made with red grapes that are crushed and then pressed quickly so that only a small amount of color is extracted from the skins. Pinot Noir, Grenache, and Syrah are all common grape varieties used for making.

Wine History Timeline

The earliest known wines were produced in China and date back to 7,000 BC. These wine history timelines were made from rice and other local ingredients, and their production was most likely used for ceremonial purposes. The first wines made from grapes were also produced in China, around 2,000 BC. From there, grape-based wines spread to other parts of the world, including the Middle East, Europe, and North Africa.

The Rise of Roman Wine

Wine production in Europe began in earnest with the rise of the Roman Empire. The Romans were responsible for introducing new grape varieties and wine-making techniques to the continent. They also built a vast network of roads and trade routes that helped to spread wine throughout the empire. During this time, wine was mostly produced for consumption by the upper class. It wasn’t until later that wine became more widely available to the general population. The Spread of Christianity In the early days of Christianity, wine was an important part of religious ceremonies.

The Lightest to the Strongest Wine

Wine alcohol levels vary depending on style and quality. Wine with 20% ABV (or higher) will typically be considered strong, though some countries have lower limits such as China which classifies wines above 16 percent into their protected category for “watch out” purposes only – not to discourage drinking too much but rather just so you know what your drink might taste like!

In contrast, there are also many types of sparkling wine available today ranging from 5-23%. These different varieties provide an even gamut in flavors based on how many bubbles were added during production; this includes both natural gas and ethyl carbonate pressures that result when pressured tanks reach max capacity followed.

Wines Become More Alcoholic?

Wine has always been a popular drink, but its popularity increased dramatically after World War II. This was because of two reasons – for one thing, there were no restrictions on how much alcohol could be put into each bottle before selling them at bars and restaurants; another reason is that the yeast used to make wine would die if airs were too high than 13-1/2%.

The most resilient type of Grape juice converted into Alcohol fastest during this time period due to the usage of new technologies like synthetic fertilizers which helped increase crop yields as well.

Low Alcohol Wines

Residual sugar in wine is leftover grape sweetness that remains after the desired alcohol level has been reached. This can be seen with German Kabinett Riesling and Italian Moscato d’Asti, which are typically light-alcohol wines at 8% or 5%, respectively; they’re sweet because of their RS content to balance out some other tastes like acidity present in each beverage type’s palate silkiness/fizziness due to phylloxera effect.

  • Moscato d’Asti 5.5% ABV (lightly sparkling sweet white from Italy)
  • Brachetto d’Acqui 6.5% ABV (lightly sparkling sweet red from Italy)
  • Kabinett Riesling 8% ABV (light sweet German Riesling)
  • Spätlese Riesling 8.5% ABV (rich sweet German Riesling)
  • Alsace Blanc 9%–10% ABV (France)
  • Muscadet 9.5% ABV (France)

Medium-Low Alcohol Wines

Wines with an alcohol content of 10-11.5% are usually made from less sweet grapes and they come from cooler climate regions like France, Northern Italy, or Germany where there is more rainfall which produces better wines because the water sources have high mineral salts content that helps maintain freshness longer before picking those varieties for making sparkling wine

Wine producers in these places pick their fruit earlier than other areas so it can stay zesty yet still contain enough acidity to complement bubbles – just what you want when drinking something alcoholic!

  • Muscadet (France)
  • Touraine and Cheverny (Sauvignon Blanc from Loire, France)
  • Lambrusco (Italy)
  • Soave (Italy)
  • Gavi (an Italian wine region that produces white wines with Cortese grapes.)
  • Pinot Grigio (Italy)
  • Grüner Veltliner (Austria)

Medium Alcohol Wines

Alcoholic beverages are usually measured in terms of ABV, which stands for the percentage volume by volume made up by alcohol. The United States has an average of 11- to 13%ABV while Europe ranges between 10%-12%

This means that most wines across these two regions will typically have similar levels or higher than what’s found here; however, there can still be significant differences when it comes to individual brands and types like red Robert younger states: “In many countries, wine contains 14 percent volumetric proportions but not necessarily to 16.”

  • Bordeaux (Cabernet-Merlot blend from France)
  • Bourgogne (Pinot Noir or Chardonay from France)
  • Champagne (France)
  • Côte du Rhône (France)
  • Beaujolais (France)
  • Chianti (Italy)
  • Dolcetto (Italy)
  • Barbera (Italy)
  • Nebbiolo (Italy)

Medium-High Alcohol Wines

The difference in climate between a region and the type of fruit it produces can have an impact on how much alcohol is contained within that particular wine. For example, wines grown at higher altitudes tend to be drier which reduces sugar levels while increasing acidity; this leads them towards being more tart than their lower-altitude counterparts.

  • Chardonnay (California and Washington)
  • Viognier (California)
  • Petite Sirah (California)
  • Pinot Noir (California)
  • Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot (California and Washington)
  • Zinfandel (California)
  • Grenache aka Garnacha (Spain and Australia)
  • Shiraz (Australia)

High Alcohol Wines

There are two ways to make a high alcohol wine – naturally or through fortification. FortIFIED wines can be made with either spirit, but they’re most commonly found in the form of distilled grape brandies added onto fermented ones after being exposed sometimes during processing when it’s deemed necessary due mostly thanks to their extreme strength which helps increase sugar levels for creating volumes higher than what would otherwise occur without adding any additional sugars if there were no Metropolitan Oakland Mixologists here tonight!

  • Shiraz ~15.5% ABV (Australia)
  • Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre 15.5% ABV (California and Australia)
  • Zinfandel up to 16% ABV (California)
  • Late Harvest Dessert Wine 15–17% ABV
  • Sherry 15–20% ABV (Spain)
  • Port and Tawny Port ~20% ABV (Portugal)
  • Banyuls and Maury ~20% ABV (France)


Wine has a long and varied history and wine history timeline. From its earliest beginnings in China to its current popularity around the world, wine has been an important part of many cultures for thousands of years. Whether you enjoy a glass of red or white wine or prefer to drink it during a special occasion, remember that you are taking part in a tradition that has been enjoyed by people for centuries.