Baco Noir

(aka. Baco No. 1)

Baco Noir is an important commercial variety in northern U.S states, as well as in much of Canada. A cross of Folle Blanche and Vitis riparia, Baco Noir remains a lasting legacy of the turn-of-the-century French hybridizer, Francois Baco.

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 begs the question; is terroir character limited to Vitis vinifera?

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  • 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

  • Girardet Baco Noir Umqua Valley 2010


    13.8%.Clear garnet-violet, medium+ viscosity. Aromas of blackberry, coffee, and rose.Medium-bodied, butterscotch and coffee flavors.Short length, moderately complex. Read More

    Wine review by juliecorc

  • 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

  • Breitenbach Red Blend Roadhouse Red NV


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    Wine review by farmgirl76

  • Angels Gate Winery Gewürztraminer Niagara Peninsula Vqa 2010


    This fragrant straw coloured Gerwurtz delights the nose with lychee and flowers the palate is distinctly dry and oozes oiliness. The finish remains dry and relatively long lasting. The oiliness can be off-putting and leans toward the distinctly new world Gewurtz style. Not my favourite Gerwurtz out there. If paired appropriately with spicy foods... Read More

    Wine review by NiagaraWiner

  • 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!

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

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