Disease-resistant grapevines launched in 2019 in PGI vineyards

Friday October 12 2018 by Vitisphere

The first plots of permanently classified disease-resistant vines are beginning to appear in French vineyards, here, in Bordeaux.The first plots of permanently classified disease-resistant vines are beginning to appear in French vineyards, here, in Bordeaux. - Photo credit : Alexandre Abellan (Vitisphere)

The impetus for introducing disease-resistant grape varieties was given on July 5 by the National PGI Wine Committee, which authorised integration of varieties classified in the national catalogue to specifications on request. Producers’ organisations for PGI Aquitaine, Ardèche, Gard, Hérault and Oc are now on the starting blocks. “The first applications to change specifications are expected by the end of 2018 or the end of 2019. We hope that the authorisations will be approved for the next vintage”, said Christelle Jacquemot, director of the PGI Committee, who stressed that the classified resistant hybrids were eligible for restructuring grants (at least for three wine-growing areas) and authorised within the European PGI framework (unlike AOCs).

12 grape varieties classified

In practice, this means that the producers’ organisation of a PGI wine can request that the desired number of grape varieties be included in its production specifications, provided they come from permanently classified varieties that are resistant to downy mildew and powdery mildew. This limits the selection to twelve grape varieties as per the April 2017 decree: 11 German hybrids (Bronner, Cabernet blanc, Cabernet Cortis, Johanniter, Monarch, Muscaris, Pinotin, Prior, Sapphires, Solaris and Souvignier gris) and one Italian (Soreli).

 

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