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Tag Archives: List of grape varieties

• What Makes Chardonnay Great: ‘Texture is Paramount’

What Makes Chardonnay Great: ‘Texture is Paramount’

Bouchard Père et Fils head winemaker Philippe Prost shares his views on what makes Chardonnay great and who are producing inspirational expressions of the grape. Prost, who has been with Burgundy’s Bouchard since 1978, stresses the importance of achieving ideal maturity for top Chardonnay, and says that the grape requires a long cool ripening period to […]

• Innovative planting in the vineyard prevents spread of diseases

Innovative planting in the vineyard prevents spread of diseases

Preventing the spread of viruses and other diseases in the vineyard requires not just a range of plant species but also mix of vine varieties, according to Jeff Coutelou of Mas Coutelou. Speaking during a round-table event yesterday at Roberson Wine’s annual portfolio tasting, Coutelou, a producer based in the Languedoc, outlined his techniques for […]

• The Taste of Zweigelt

The Taste of Zweigelt

If you can tear yourself away from the gorgeous facades and ancient spires of Vienna, to head south-southeast as if your goal is Hungary, you quickly leave behind the cultured world of music and stone, and cleave through soil rich with history. Sweep away from the plateaus carved by the Danube across the Pannonian plains, […]

• Italian winemakers consider new varieties

Italian winemakers consider new varieties

Italian winemakers will vote next week over whether to introduce new grape varieties to their region. Producers in Rosso di Montalcino will gather on Wednesday 7 September to vote on whether or not allow the introduction of varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah to the traditionally Sangiovese-based wine. Rosso di Montalcino is supposed […]

• New South African wine brand named after url

New South African wine brand named after url

A new wine brand has been launched that combines the grape variety and website url in its name. Called Sauvignon.com, it includes a Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa and the concept is designed to highlight environmental issues using the digital medium. The brand is the brainchild of Thys Louw from the Diemersdal […]

• Stalin’s top red wine tickles our palates

Stalin’s top red wine tickles our palates

IT was the favourite tipple of Joseph Stalin but Georgian-born winemaker Lado Uzunashvili is quick to distance himself from the Russian dictator, not to mention Russia itself, when it comes to discussing one of the world’s oldest grape varieties, saperavi. Saperavi has been grown in the former Soviet republic of Georgia for thousands of years. […]

• Unsung Portuguese grape Touriga Nacional could reshape Bordeaux

Unsung Portuguese grape Touriga Nacional could reshape Bordeaux

Speaking to the drinks business, Atkin said: “Touriga Nacional is one of the great red grape varieties of the world. It’s incredibly adaptable and people are just beginning to experiment with it. “Louis Roederer has planted it at its Bordeaux Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, and it’s doing really well there. I think it […]

• Wine brand has little importance to consumer choices, UK study

Only 3 per cent of UK consumers opt for the brand of a wine over any other factor, according to new figures from the Wilson Drinks Report (WDR). Only 2 per cent of the wine shoppers who mostly drink red wine chose the brand first when deciding which wine to buy. It is a similar […]

• Oklahoma Vineyards & Wineries Start Non-profit Organization

Oklahoma Vineyards & Wineries Start Non-profit Organization

Many Oklahoma wineries and vineyards have joined together creating the Oklahoma Grape Industry Council (OGIC). The OGIC is centered around statewide local groups, which have existed for years and focus primarily on viticulture – the growing of quality wine grapes. Gene Clifton of Canadian River Vineyards and Winery, who has been involved in the industry […]

• New VineAlert provides growers with info about level of grapevine hardiness

New VineAlert provides growers with info about level of grapevine hardiness

Ontario program will help grapegrowers protect vineyards. St. Catharines, Ontario — If you are a grapegrower, do you know how acclimated your vines are to the cold? Soon, grapegrowers in Ontario will have a new tool to help them understand the cold hardiness of their vines and determine when to use their wind machines to […]

• Hunting The Wild Grape

Hunting The Wild Grape

Wine-grape expert Bill Shoemaker has taken to the roadsides of Illinois in search of wild grapes that he hopes can be crossed with their more refined cousins to create a tasty and hardy crop. The University of Illinois researcher has begun a years-long project that includes plenty of wild grape tasting — much of it […]

• East coast wine grape growers aim to be competitive & profitable

East coast wine grape growers aim to be competitive & profitable

The ground beneath vineyards and what grows there — in addition to grape vines — could play a role in making wine grape growers in North Carolina and elsewhere along the East Coast more competitive and profitable. That is the thinking behind a North Carolina State University study of the way wine grape growers produce […]

• German Red Dornfelder Wine Now Has Varietal Status

German Red Dornfelder Wine Now Has Varietal Status

The Dornfelder grape originated in Germany. It was bred in the mid-1950’s from two other hybrids, Helfensteiner and Heroldrebe, one of which comes from Pinot noir. Dornfelder is the second most grown red grape in Germany after the Spätburgunder, the German name for Pinot Noir. BATF Grants Dornfelder Varietal Status Recent rulings by the US […]

• Interesting history of Mendocino Grape Growers Co-op Winery

Interesting history of Mendocino Grape Growers Co-op Winery

… INTERESTING HISTORY. What of the history of Mendocino Grape Growers, Inc? Why did these grape growers organize? When did they organize? And what is the story behind the story that they did organize? With repeal of the 18th amendment, the prohibition amendment, several groups considered building a co-op winery, but nothing came to a […]

• Illinois breeders working on native wine grape varieties for cold climates

Illinois breeders working on native wine grape varieties for cold climates

Northern Illinois may not — quite — be the area most wine-lovers think of when they contemplate a nice glass of Merlot. But breeders at the St. Charles Horticulture Research Center in Urbana are busily crossing native grape types with well-known wine varieties to create cold-weather, Illinois-adapted species. There are in fact already lots of […]