Bordeaux Approves Six New Grape Varieties to Battle Climate Change……..

January 28, 2021



This white grape variety is a new cross between Baroque x Chardonnay. The crossing took place in 1956 on behalf of INRA by the Basque Pierre Marcel Durquéty (1923-2016) in France with the support of the University of Montpellier. 


Albariño or Alvarinho is a variety of white wine grape grown in Galicia and Northwest Portugal, where it is also used to make varietal white wines. Albariño is the Galician name for the grape; in Portugal it is known as Alvarinho, and sometimes as Cainho Branco




Arinarnoa is a dark-berried wine grape variety, bred in 1956 in Bordeaux and initially presented as a crossing of two Bordeaux grape varieties; Merlot and Petit Verdot. However, more recent DNA research has revealed it to be a crossing of the Pyrenean grape variety Tannat with Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines made are naturally deep in color and firmly structured – unsurprising, given Arinarnoa’s pedigree (both supposed and real).


Castets is a red French wine grape variety that was historically grown in the Aveyron region of France. While some plantings exist in Southwest France, the variety’s numbers are dwindling and is now nearly extinct.

Touriga Nacional:

Touriga Nacional is a variety of red wine grape, considered by many to be Portugal’s finest. Despite the low yields from its small grapes, it plays a big part in the blends used for port and is increasingly being used for table wine in the Douro and Dão.#


Marselan is a red French wine grape variety that is a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. It was first bred in 1961 by Paul Truel near the French town of Marseillan. The vine is grown mostly in the Languedoc wine region with some plantings in the Northern Coast of California.

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