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The aroma wheel

A degree of interest and some training are all you need to get better at recognizing the aromas in wine. This is easy and fun, just follow our tips and tricks to train your perception skills and extend your personal "aroma library".
Wine offers an astonishing variety of aromas. As a wine drinker you'll gradually get to know the various scents and flavours of wine. But are you also able to describe them in words? Our aroma wheel can help you. The aromas detected provide clues to the grape variety and to where and how a wine was made. Not all aromas are pleasant ones. For instance under "chemical" you'll find unwanted traits – with the exception of petroleum which is considered a positive attribute in some Rieslings.
Image: Mikael Mölstad

How to use the aroma wheel

Begin in the centre and see which of these aromas you're familiar with. Now move outwards and systematically look at each individual aroma and flavour note. For instance, if you think a wine smells floral, take another sniff and you might then recognize violets, and consequently think of Pinot noir. If you also know that a Pinot noir often smells of raspberries and you can detect a raspberry note in the wine as well, then it's highly probable that the wine is a Pinot noir.
Text: List Medien AG/Belinda Stublia