Bordeaux is ready to plant its new grape varieties

Friday December 11 2020 by Vitisphere

 Although the grapes have been tried and tested, they will remain secondary varieties in Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur production specifications. Although the grapes have been tried and tested, they will remain secondary varieties in Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur production specifications. - Photo credit : CIVB

Three weeks ago, the national institute of appellations and origin, INAO, gave the 4,500 winegrowers producing Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur the go-ahead to plant six of the seven varieties for which they had requested trials in a bid to adapt their vineyards to the challenges of climate change. Although Petit manseng was struck off the list, they will be able to plant Alvarinho and Liliorila for the whites and Arinarnoa, Castets, Marselan and Touriga Nacional for the reds in a few months’ time.

We reached a decision about our list at our AGM in June 2019 on the basis of trials conducted over the last 10 years by Inrae and ISVV on the experimental ‘VitAdapt’ vineyard planted with 2,600 vines spanning 52 varieties from Languedoc, Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Bulgaria and Georgia”, recalls Florian Reyne, chief operating officer at the producers’ organisation during a conference hosted by the Vinitech trade fair on 2 December.

We planned ahead for the authorisation and will be ready to deliver bare-rooted grafted or potted vines for the first plantings in the spring”, explains Delphine Bougès, chair of the Gironde and South-West France nurseries association. Bougès fears, however, that there could be a shortage of grafts. “Some varieties are rare and we are at risk of running out of mother vines”, she says, inviting winegrowers to plant them on their uncultivated land.

Acreage of the new varieties is not allowed to exceed 5% of the farm's land area and the varieties can only account for up to 10% of the final blend for the relevant colour. No reference can be made to the varieties on the labelling.

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