Bordeaux producers want to introduce new grape varieties in the region
The union of producers of Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur has voted on a proposal to allow new varieties of grapes to be introduced in the region. Seven varieties were approved: Marselan, Touriga Nacional, Castets and Arinarnoa (crossing between Tannat and Cabernet Sauvignon) for the reds, and Alvarinho, Petit Manseng and Liliorila (who was born in the 1950s after a crossing of Barroque and Chardonnay) for the white ones .
The idea of introducing these grapes would be to help combat climate change. Despite approval by the union, the authority that coordinates France's appellations of origin, INAO, has yet to approve the plan.
The benefits of the seven grapes range from good natural resistance to specific diseases, such as gray rot and mold, to a proven ability to cope with higher temperatures. The new grapes may constitute up to 10% of the final blend, but only 5% of a producer's production area. If approval is given, plantations could begin in the 2020/21 season, said Le Syndicat Viticole de AOC Bordeaux & amp; Bordeaux Supérieur, which makes up 55% of the Bordeaux wine area, producing 384 million bottles of wine per year.