Q: What are the nine classic or noble grape varieties used in making wine?
A: Depends on which wine expert you ask.
Here are the nine most common grape varieties referred to as classic: Cabernet sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chenin blanc, Merlot, Pinot noir, Riesling, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, Syrah
There's also a more exclusive group referred to as "noble" grape varieties, of which there are six.
White noble grapes: Sauvignon blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay
Red noble grapes: Pinot noir, Cabernet sauvignon, Merlot