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

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

Thomas Götz

Serious sources on the internet are rare - and Wine lexicon from wein.plus is one such source. When researching for my articles, I regularly consult the wein.plus encyclopaedia. There I get reliable and detailed information.

Thomas Götz
Weinberater, Weinblogger und Journalist; Schwendi

The world's largest Lexicon of wine terms.

26,412 Keywords · 47,046 Synonyms · 5,323 Translations · 31,746 Pronunciations · 206,128 Cross-references
made with by our author Norbert F. J. Tischelmayer. About the Lexicon