Revolutionary news from the most famous wine region of the world, Bordeaux.

The change of climate, which is warmer, has affected particularly the Bordeaux grape, Merlot, because of its greater sensitivity to heat. Then, despite its strong attachment to its traditional and indigenous grape varieties, Bordeaux is determined to deal with global warming.

Seven new grape varieties have been approved for Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur appellations as part of the fight against climate change:

4 black grape varieties: Marselan, from Languedoc, Castets de l’Occitanie, Arinarnoa from southwestern France and surprisingly, a Portuguese variety, Touriga Nacional, usually used for port.

3 white grape varieties: Petit Manseng from south-west France and Liliorila from France and finally Alvarinho from Spain and Portugal.

The benefits of these seven grapes are a relatively good natural resistance to specific diseases, such as gray mold and mildew, and a proven ability to cope with warmer weather conditions. These grapes are generally considered late ripening varieties. Hence, suitable for the warm climate.

The use of these grapes will be strictly regulated. Each property will be limited to growing new grapes in only 5% of its vineyards. And in any wine produced, the percentage of new grape varieties in the blend must not exceed 10%.

The change will come into effect with the vintage 2021 if the national institution of the appellation (INAO) in France approves the plan definitively.

Through our wine courses, you will learn about the traditional grapes used for Bordeaux wines and their specific characteristics that give them their charm.

Amsterdam, July 4, 2019