What if I like Cabernet, but I'm allergic to raspberries? Quality wine does not have additives, so, no, wine does not have fruit essence. Wine is made from grapes. When someone says a wine tastes like raspberries or some other fruit, this is because that grape tastes like raspberries. Different varietals of grapes have inherently different flavor profiles which are then transformed through certain techniques in the winemaking process, aging in barrels, and aging in bottle. Fruit essence is not added to the wine.