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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  • Douro

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

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Niagara Peninsula

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

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • New York

    Though the first successful North American wine production is often credited to California, New...

  • Canada

      Canada’s wine-making history is relatively short. Beginning in the early 1800s, some of th...

  • 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

      Ontario is the most productive wine-producing province within Canada, accounting for the m...

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  • C N Kopke & Ca

    Established in 1638 by Chrisiiano Kopke (from Germany) and his son (who came lo Portugal as repre...

  • Royal Oporto

    Grape growing in the Douro Region dates back to pre-historic times. In Bronze Age burying-grou...

  • Porto Cruz

      Porto Cruz is one of the most recognized brands of Port, produced in the Douro Valley of P...

  • Quinta do Castelinho

    With the creation of the Douro Trading Centre in 1986, it becomes possible ageing and exporting P...

  • Encostas Do Douro-Sociedade Vitivinícola, S.A

    Dão Sul – Sociedade Vitivinícola, S.A., a company established in 1990, has as base of its found...

  • Manoel D. Pocas Junior Vinhos

    The success attained with the Coroa D'ouro and our rising expertise in the production of Douro wi...

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  • Angels Gate Winery Gewürztraminer Niagara Peninsula Vqa 2010

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    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


  • Lucas Vineyards Dry Dock 2010

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    Tart cherry flavor followed by peppery finish Read More

    Wine review by 1133729Rob Cutmore 1133729 Rob Cutmore


  • Angels Gate Winery Gewürztraminer Niagara Peninsula Vqa 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by NiagaraWiner


  • Hudson Chatham Baco Noir 2010

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    Light red color on the pour. Comes out of the doors running with big plum and strawberry fruit teeming with acidity that dies out perhaps to quickly. Leaves your palate with a slight peppery taste but not much of a finish. Read More

    Wine review by tabednar


  • Chateau Lafayette Reneau Cuvee Rouge Finger Lakes NV

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    Tastes of black cherries with coffee undertones. Read More

    Wine review by 1133729Rob Cutmore 1133729 Rob Cutmore


  • Sainte-Famille Wines Baco Noir Annapolis Valley 2005

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    Wonderful wine from the made from the cousin of Pinot Noirs made in Canada. Unfortunately, this bottle didn't hold up due to improper storing temperatures. :( Read More

    Wine review by tabednar


  • Benmarl Baco Noir 2009

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    Just delivious! (Delivious = Delicious and Devious) Silky and pure, a little bit of vegetal and funk to make things interesting. Perfect for sipping and also for light appetizers or pasta with a light red sauce Read More

    Wine review by KristinW


  • Hudson Chatham Baco Noir 2010

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    Perhaps this wine isn't for me. There was a fairly big, buttered popcorn aroma on the nose with tart red berry underlying. A bouquet of pomegranate, cranberry and briary red berry fruit along with some boysenberry notes. Also, wet stone. On the palate it's got screaming acid. Lots of tart red fruit and strong mineral. It's interesting. The... Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Hudson Chatham Baco Noir 2010

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    A bit peppery, with a dark, black raspberry color. A little chalky yet juicy, with bits of strawberry and watermelon. Very light tannins with a long, mouth-watering finish. Read More

    Wine review by Kyle Graynor


  • Hudson Chatham Baco Noir 2010

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    loaded with berry fruit, cherries, cedar notes, nice chocolatey peppery spice notes, lovely acidity and low tannin balance of a wine. this would be good with cheese! Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig


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