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  • Acerbo - Tart or green
  • Acescenza - Volatile wine
  • Aceto - Vinegar
  • Alcool - Alcohol
  • Amphorae - Terracotta container where the wine or wine condensate was sealed in for aging and transport
  • Annata - Vintage year
  • Appassimento - Drying grapes to concentrate sugar
  • Acidità - Acidity
  • Acido - Vinegary tasting or smelling
  • Acquoso - Watery
  • Amabile - Semi-sweet wine, often a sparkling wine
  • Amaro - Bitter, usually but not always a defect
  • Annata - Vintage
  • Appassiemento - Drying grapes before pressing them. This concentrates the sugar and extract
  • Aperto - Open, a wine with a well-defined character
  • Armonioso - Harmonious, a perfectly balanced wine
  • Aromatico - Aromatic
  • Astringente - Astringent, wines with a lot of tannins
  • Asciutto - Totally dry
  • Austero - Austere, complex wines with bold fruit
  • Azienda agraria - An estate producing wine from its own grapes
  • Azienda agricola - An estate producing wine from its own grapes
  • Azienda vinicola - A producer making wines from purchased grapes
  • Azienda vitivinicola - An estate producing wine from its own grapes
 


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