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French National Appellation of Origin Authority recognizes six Bordeaux grape varieties

The French National Appellation of Origin Authority has officially approved the use of six new grape varieties in Bordeaux that were first proposed in 2019.

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The French Agricultural Administration has approved the use of four new red grape varieties, Elena, Castet, Matheran and Domestic Doriga, as well as two white grape varieties, Albariño and Liloara, which can be planted this year.

These grape varieties were proposed by Bordeaux and Super Bordeaux winemakers in the summer of 2019 as a potential means of coping with different growth cycles and ripening periods under climate change.

Scientists in Bordeaux studied 52 grape varieties for possible future use, eventually settling on a final six that they felt were particularly well suited to their ability to cope with hydrogen stress and late ripening.

At the start of planting, new grape varieties will be limited to 5% of the total estate area, and no more than 10% of the total area will be planted with a mix of red and white grapes.