All About Red Wine Color


The color of wine indicates age, grape variety, density of flavor, acidity and more. By comparing the different colors found in various red wines you can learn to identify a wine just by looking at it.


Intensity of color

Following the intensity of the wines color you can have an idea of the tannins. Wines with more intense colors tend to be bolder and have higher tannins. The longer a winemaker keeps the skins of the grapes in contact with the juice while making the wine, the darker and more intense the color of the wines becomes. 



The opacity of a wine can tell you what kind of grape was used to make wine and it can also tell you what kind of grape was used to make the wine and it can also tell you the age of a wine. An opaque wine can also be unfiltered and will look hazy.



The main color of the wine is toward the center. The value of the color can tell how old the wine is. Commercial and value driven wines tend to lose their color pigmentation much more quickly (2 – 4 years) whereas a wine that is designed to age takes 10 – 14 years to start changing color. Wines that take a long time to change color also take a long time to develop and taste better after years stored in a cellar.