In the Vineyard

In the Vineyard

Sauvignon Blanc is a green-skinned grape variety that originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape most likely gets its name from the French words sauvage (“wild”) and blanc (“white”) due to its early origins as an indigenous grape in South West France. Sauvignon blanc is planted in many of the world’s wine regions, producing a crisp, dry, and refreshing white varietal wine.

Description of the vine

LEAVES

Small to medium, almost round, downy underside, slightly convex, broad, blunt teeth; petioles light rose pink

SHOOT TIPS

Lightly felty, rose colour

BUNCHES

Medium small, nearly cylindrical, compact with a very short, tough peduncle

BERRIES

Yellow-greenish, small to medium, oval with a soft, thin skin

Cultivation characteristics

SOILS

Medium potential

CLIMATE

Cool

SUSCEPTIBILITY

Sensitive to botrytis, medium sensitivity to oidium and downy mildew. Early budder, sensitive to frost.

RIPENING

Ripening period Mid-February.