The Merlot wine grape is grown all over the world, most notably in France, Australia, Italy, and many places in the United States. This dark-skinned grape has pale flesh and produces white or light-colored juice. It ripens early and typically carries the flavors of honey and cherries. Both traditional Merlot wines and White Merlots use the same type of Merlot grapes.
Red Merlot gets its dark color from extended exposure to the dark grape skins. If the skins are left on the grapes for an extended period of time, they will impart a more full-bodied flavor and a deep red color to the end product. Red Merlot is usually made by leaving the grape skins in the juice for several weeks.