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What does a Dry Wine mean?

We tell you the main different wine styles out there according to their level of sweetness. You'll impress your friends next weekend!

A dry wine is simply a wine that has no residual sugar, meaning it isn’t sweet. When grape juice converts to wine, alcohol is produced in the fermentation process because yeast eats the sugar present in the juice. In many wines, the winemaker stops the fermentation process before the yeast has time to eat all the sugar, leaving the wine a touch sweet.

When a winemaker leaves a little sugar behind, we call this residual sugar. To make a dry wine, the winemaker will instead let the fermentation process finish completely, allowing the yeast to consume all the sugar present. No more sugar, so no sugary sweetness; the wine is therefore dry!

Tip! Do not confuse the absence of sweetness or dryness with the absence of fruit. In a dry wine like our Cordon Negro you will still taste fruit, the wine just won’t taste sweet, like fruit juice.

These are the most common types of wines you can find out there depending on their level of sweetness:

  • Ultra Brut / Brut Nature / Extra Brut : The driest sparkling wines — No dosage, No added sugar.   
  • Brut/ Dry: would taste dry with no perception of sweetness.  This is the most common style of sparkling wine and is the style our Cordon Negro or Elyssia Pinot Noir have.
  • Semi-Seco: Sweeter, like our Cordon Oro.
  • Sweet:  Sweetest like our Mia Moscato.

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