• Chris Mercer - Source: www.decanter.com

Bordeaux winemakers allow new grapes to fight climate change

A potentially landmark vote has seen seven new grape varieties approved for Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur appellation wines as part of efforts to fight climate change.

Touriga Nacional grapes, Portugal

Touriga Nacional ready for harvesting in Portugal. It could soon be a feature of Bordeaux vineyards... Credit: S. Forster/Alamy

A proposal to allow the new grape varieties into Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur appellation vineyards passed a key winemaker vote last week, according to a statement from the wine union, or Syndicat.

The seven varieties include Marselan and Portuguese favourite Touriga Nacional, plus the lesser known Castets and Arinarnoa, which is a cross between Tannat and Cabernet Sauvignon.

For white wines, the grapes are Alvarinho, Petit Manseng and Liliorila, which was born in the 1950s following a crossing of Baroque and Chardonnay.

France's national appellation authority, INAO, must still give final approval to the plan, but it is a potentially groundbreaking move to combat the effects of climate change.

Benefits of the seven grapes range from relatively good natural resistance to specific diseases, such as grey rot and mildew, to a proven ability to cope with warmer conditions.

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