Baco Noir

Baco Noir is a hybrid red wine grape created at the beginning of the 20th century by French hybridizer, Francois Baco. It is a crossing Folle blanche (a white wine grape from France) and an a mystery red wine grape of the Vitis riparia variety found in North America. It is possible that genetic mapping will eventually bring the origins of this mystery variety to light. 

The grape produces rich, highly pigmented red wines with pronounced acidity. Baco Noir based wines are capable of moderate to long term aging and, in many cases, require some time in the cellar, in order to soften the wine's aggressive acidity. Aromas of the wine are pleasantly rustic and smoky.

Ontario’s Henry of Pelham has been particularly successful making and marketing wines with Baco Noir, despite the fact that under VQA law, the grape is relegated to Tier 2 status – meaning wines made from the grape may only list "product of Ontario" on the label rather than any specific appellation. Which Read more »

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  • A new year provides the perfect opportunity to try new things, but how far will ... ... WilliamsRockin Red BlogBaco NoirBaco Noir, created by François Baco, is a hybrid of the French variety, Folle Blanche, and an unknown variety of North American Vitis riparia. Once produced in Burgundy and the Loire, it made its way to North America, where i... Read More

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  • Henry of Pelham Baco Noir Old Vines 2014


    The acidic, wild berry aroma and flavour of this well-made Baco Noir will appeal to old-style drinkers of Ontario wines; to wit, the wine is bright, filled with cranberry tartness and finishes short. It is a pocket of history in a bottle and worth drinking - especially if you are eating seafood or light entrees. Worth trying. 85 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Leelanau Wine Cellars Estate Baco Noir 2012


    Enjoyable. Would drink again. Read More

    Wine review by calywa

  • Baco Noir Henry of Pelham Niagara Ontario 2005


    This is both an excellent drinking wine and it also has a hidden secret. I have not run across a better wine for making meat sauces or gravies. It has a certain earthiness in keeping with the 'baco' aspect of its name. Red meats, grilled or roasted, fit perfectly with it. Read More

    Wine review by HubertOHearn

  • Sandbanks Estate Baco Noir Vqa 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by Andrea12345

  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Red Blend Seneca Lake Schooner Red NV


    Very enjoyable and drinkable wine. Soft tannins not overly sweet. Read More

    Wine review by sammy2co

  • Sandbanks Estate Baco Noir Vqa 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by Igoricus

  • Ancient Hill Baco Noir 2010


    This is a very deep, very serious (gravis) Baco Noir; it is opaque red evincing ripe baking cherries and plum on the nose. On the palate, there is that hint of smoke one expects but it is not prominent here; the black fruit and plum predominates with a short to medium spicey finish. Very nice boutique wine. 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Hello! My name is Cheryl. A friend just told me about this site and I have to say I am loving it! I have mainly been a Napa Valley Cab drinker. Recently I have been introduced to Italian wine and have found I really enjoy it. So I am looking for some good suggestions on some Italian reds and any other good reds. Thanks! Read More

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  • Bully Hill Bulldog Baco Noir Finger Lakes


    Strong plum flavor with slight peppery finish. Read More

    Wine review by 1133729Rob Cutmore 1133729 Rob Cutmore

  • I am wondering how Baco Noir would handle Utahs hot summers and cold winters?

    Comment by 1164615Marty Beattie 1164615 Marty Beattie

  • Please translate Baco Noir to English...Thanks!

    Comment by 980632joydee 980632 joydee

  • Please translate Baco Noir to English...we discussed this over Thanksgiving dinner.

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