French pinotage?

Last year, in 2012, seven new grape varieties were approved for wine production in France. Five of these were foreign varieties that are considered of interest either for the production of French wines or for plant nurseries to grow for export.

The five “foreign” varieties were

  • nebbiolo,
  • nero d’avola,
  • pinotage,
  • touriga nacional and
  • saperavi, a grape grown in Russia and Georgia.


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One Response to French pinotage?

  1. Per Karlsson May 28, 2013 at 10:09 #

    Just a thought on this. One could make an interesting parallel with riesling.

    Alsace producers have successfully lobbied that riesling is so intimately connected to Alsace so that no other wine region in France will be allowed to put “riesling” on the label. (See other story here on BKWine Mag.)

    Similarly one could argue that pinotage is really the emblematic grape variety of South Africa. Actually much more linked to South Africa than what riesling is to Alsace.

    So with a similar logic to the Alsatians surely they should forbid the mention of pinotage on the label on French wines?

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