The new-old wine grapes for Catalonia

by  |  14-11-2016

The Catalan wine institute, Incavi recently announced the approval of a batch of new grapes for use in Catalan wines. Now it’s up the various DO bodies to approve them as well, but this is big first step as it gives institutional backing to their use. Of course, as if often the case, many of them are very very old grapes that are now coming back into fashion as we search out that which is unique, native, and special to various wine regions around the world. They are as follows: Trobat Blanc (Alcañón) Budding late and mid-ripening, this is an old white grape found in Catalonia, Aragon, and Valencia and produces lighter weight wines of around 11.5-12.5% alcohol which is probably welcome news in these days. It’s sometimes also called Turbat, probably coming from the French name (or likely the other way round) of Tourbat and is in theory related […]
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