You are using an old browser that may not function as expected. <br><strong>For a better, safer browsing experience, please upgrade your browser.</strong>

Log in Become a Member


Body (also fullness, backbone, substance) is understood to mean the alcohol content and the overall extract of a wine in the context of a wine evaluation or wine approach. The term structure is to be understood even more comprehensively. Similar terms are character and texture. However, the term "body" alone, without adjectives, does not say anything about the balance of the two components or the wine quality. A full-bodied wine has a high alcohol content (from at least about 12% vol.) and a large proportion of aromatic substances or total extract. This is also described with the terms "backbone", "full-bodied", "powerful" or "plump". Related terms are balanced, extract-rich, powerful, heavy, vinous and bulky. A negative, inharmonious expression is fattening; a wine with too little body is thin, hollow and watery. On the other hand, slender is a positive paraphrase for a wine that is less full-bodied.

Voices of our members

Andreas Essl

The glossary is a monumental achievement and one of the most important contributions to wine knowledge. Of all the encyclopaedias I use on the subject of wine, it is by far the most important. That was the case ten years ago and it hasn't changed since.

Andreas Essl
Autor, Modena

The world's largest Lexicon of wine terms.

26,076 Keywords · 46,829 Synonyms · 5,324 Translations · 31,411 Pronunciations · 186,809 Cross-references
made with by our author Norbert F. J. Tischelmayer. About the Lexicon