Cabestrel, a new grape variety, crossing of two. Guess which!

There is much talk right now in the world of wine of the need for new grape varieties. There are actually two reasons for this. One is the fear that the expected climate change requires grape with other characteristics. And these qualities can maybe be obtained by crossing different vitis vinifera grapes.

The second reason is the need to find grapes that are resistant to fungal diseases and thus require less spraying than the grape varieties used now. And that is why the production of hybrids are growing. These hybrids are crossings between a vitis vinifera grape and an American grape with fungus-resistant properties.

A new crossing between two vitis vinifera grapes has just entered the French grape directory and is now allowed to be planted in France. [inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”” suffix=””]The new grape has been named Cabestrel[/inlinetweet]. Maybe you can figure out that the two parents are Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvèdre, which in Spain is called Monastrell. It is a colourful grape that ripens late without being too strong in alcohol. The only problem is the somewhat low acidity.

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Cabernet sauvignon at Boekenhoutskloof

Cabernet sauvignon at Boekenhoutskloof, copyright BKWine Photography

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