The flagship wine grapes of the future

Counoise and Verdesse



Moving to France, Vouillamoz suggested that light, fresh, peppery Rhône red blending grape Counoise could have a bright future.

Permitted in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côtes du Rhône-Villages, it can also be found in California and Washington State.

Turning his attention to a white from France, Vouillamoz selected Verdesse for its aromatic quality, acidity and quality potential.

Native to Savoie, Verdesse had almost disappeared, but is coming back in this part of south-eastern France, where it’s used in still and sparkling wines.

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

  1. John Cifelli says:

    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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