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 ...

  • Niagara Peninsula

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

  • USA

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

  • 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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    Churchill’s – the First Independent British Port Shipper in over 70 years. Extracted from the ...

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    Quinta do Vallado, established in 1716, is one of the oldest and most famous “Quintas” in the ...

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    Young artist, who frequented the artistic centre of Oporto, founded the company in 1880 at the ag...

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

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    Since 1999, Quinta de Ventozelo belongs to the Spanish group Proinsa. The property is located in ...

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  • Melrose Vineyards Baco Noir Umpqua Valley 2005


    Anyone who appreciates a well-cultivated noir will love this wine! I should keep this a secret... Read More

    Wine review by Gewber

  • Henry of Pelham Baco Noir 2007


    Intense black color with blue fringes. A foreword aroma of scorched earth followed by dark berry compote. Distinctively layered flavour of initial tobacco, then blackberry and tart black current. Robust dark berry wine, medium tannins, heavy body, medium sweet. Bought at Crowfoot Liq. Aug 2010, $17 Read More

    Wine review by SteffenLT

  • Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards Red Blend Seneca Lake Red Cat


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    Wine review by aurorarit2882

  • Station Red 2006


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    Wine review by trobbs

  • Girardet Baco Noir Umpqua Valley 2008


    This one is for all the wine geeks out there. Good luck finding this varietal ... resist as I have never had Baco noir. Great pairing for pizz Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Grilling season is on and I'd like to hear from members about their favorite recipes, sides to accompany, and of course wine pairings.My proven crowd pleaser is baby back ribs you can grill one day and serve from the oven any time within the next few days.4 racks ribs, cut in half, six or so bones to the pieceRub:  1T course ground black pepper;... Read More

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  • Henry of Pelham Baco Noir 2005


    2005 and 2007 are both great years, but 2005 takes the lead with it's rich smokey berry flavors. It paired so well with really hard aged parmigiano reggiano. After letting it breath for at least an hour the harsh bite had melted into chocolate smoothness. My favorite wine ever. Too bad I can't find it anywhere anymore. Read More

    Wine review by xsaraxmariex

  • Lakewood Vineyards Long Stem Red Finger Lakes 2008


    200811.9% ABVBaco Noir, Marechal Foch, Vincent, DeChaunac, Leon Millot Blend750mL$8.99Rich garnet to almost purple in color. Notes of earth and berries followed by a smooth vanilla. Some acid followed by earth, chocolate, leather and cherries or maybe cranberries at the finish. Read More

    Wine review by MatthewPhilips

  • Palotai Bull's Blood-Umpqua Valley 2008


    This traditional Hungarian red blend is a mix of pinor noir, baco noir, marachal fosch, and tempranillo. Produced in the Umpqua Valley of Oregon and aged in Hungarian oak, this full bodied wine has light blackberry and spice on the nose with distinct leather and smoke on the palette. Read More

    Wine review by lrezendez

  • Bully Hill Vineyards Baco Noir Keuka Lake Bulldog Baco NV


    NV11.0% ABVBaco Noir750mL$7.99Brownish garnet that gets watery at the edges. Aromas of oak, pepper, stone fruits. Cellar notes after being aerated. Tart, with notes of cherries and some oak. One of my original favorites! Read More

    Wine review by MatthewPhilips

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