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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  • USA

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  • Niagara Peninsula

      The Niagara Peninsula, part of the Ontario province, is the most productive wine region in...

  • Douro

    This region, named for the river, is best known for its reds that are specially selected to go ...

  • Canada

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  • Finger Lakes

      The Finger Lakes wine region in upstate New York is centered around the Canandaigua (meani...

  • Umpqua Valley

    The Umpqua Valley is famous for its natural beauty and world renowned fishing. It is also an impo...

  • Ontario

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  • Hardy's

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    Maglieri has long set the benchmark for winemaking in McLaren Vale, enjoying both national and in...

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