With this white wine sweetness chart (PRINTABLE!), you can find a sweet white wine to suit your tastes. You might be surprised to learn that most wines - like Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio - aren't sweet at all. That's because no residual sugar is left at the end of the winemaking process.
Wines Listed from Dry to Sweet (Charts) Any wine – be it Riesling or Cabernet – can be either dry or sweet. The sweetness of wine is determined by the winemaker. Of course, popular varietal wines and styles tend to share the same sweetness level. Wine sweetness ranges from virtually nothing to upwards of 70% sweetness (like a rare bottle of Spanish PX!).
Wine is considered “dry” when all of the grape sugar is converted to alcohol during fermentation, while sweet wine still has some residual sugar. “Semi-dry” or “off dry” wines have mild or softly perceptible sweetness.