The flagship wine grapes of the future

Sumoll Blanc and Escursac

Sumoll Blanc

Sumoll Blanc

Vouillamoz stayed within Spain when it came to picking his next two promising grapes, choosing a white variety from Catalunya and a red from Mallorca.

Sumoll Blanc is presently extremely rare and only found in Tarragona and Penedès in Catalunya, but has global potential due to its fresh acidity and minerality, as well as ability to handle maturation in barrels.

Meanwhile, Escursac was almost lost to the wine world when phylloxera hit Mallorca in the 1890s, but has since been rescued, and produces wines of great quality with bright fruit and soft tannins.

One Response to “The flagship wine grapes of the future”

  1. John Cifelli says:

    Patrick,
    Great article. It’s exciting to think that there are many lifetimes of exploration and development in the ever expanding wine world. One item to add- Counoise is being grown at Unionville Vineyards in New Jersey as well with great success. Rhone varieties, along with some Austrian varieties (perhaps the flagship varieties of the future in the past) have a home in NJ.
    -John Cifelli, Executive Director, Garden State Wine Growers Association

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