Seyval Blanc

(a.k.a Seyval)

Well suited to cool climates, this popular French-American hybrid is the second most planted vine in England, behind Müller-Thurgau. The variety is also popular in Canada and the eastern U.S., particularly New York State. Reliably productive and an early ripening (usually mid to late September) Seyval Blanc is made into crisp white wines, with no foxy flavor, or sometimes into off-dry versions where the tart nature of the variety is balanced with residual sugar. Some producers have employed such enhancing techniques as barrel fermentation and/or aging, and malolactic fermentation to improve the quality of its sometimes neutral character and lack of intensity. The fruit is highly susceptible to botrytis bunch rot.

Sadly, Seyval Blanc (like all other hybrid varieties) was outlawed for “quality wine” designation by vinifera-obsessed European Union authorities, ostensibly, for quality reasons. This is a controversial issue for the English wine industry, where the variety has proved to Read more »

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  • United Kingdom

    The United Kingdom has been contributing to the world of wines and spirits since the Roman era....

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  • 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...

  • USA

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

  • Virginia

      It’s a little known fact that wines have been produced in the state of Virginia for centur...

  • Missouri

      Wine industry began in Missouri in the 1840s when an influx of German immigrants, inspired...

  • New York

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

  • Miolo

    Miolo is not a region, is a winery in Vale dos Vinhedos (Geographical Indication) - Bento Gonçalv...

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  • Balti Wines

    The Balti Wine range consists of blended wines from the new world in 3 white and 2 red varietie...

  • Stanlake Park

    A small test area of 500 vines was planted by Jon Leighton in 1979. The original vineyard was cal...

  • Winbirri Vineyards

    Winbirri Vineyards first plantings stated just over 6 years ago in the beautiful Norfolk countrys...

  • Charlie Herring

    Charlie Herring Ltd is a UK based company with projects underway to produce wine in South Africa,...

  • Worthenbury Wines

    We planted our first vines in the spring of 1991. We then went on holiday, and returned to wonder...

  • Denbies Wine Estate

    Denbies English Vineyard is situated in Dorking,Surrey. An all weather destination, the "Indoor...

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  • Coastal Vineyards Seyval Blanc 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by fifilafou

  • Hudson-Chatham Seyval Blanc Hudson River 2010


    A little toasty on the nose with some licorice and hawthorn aromas over modest melon and pear fruit. This is very bright with huge acids up front lending this a really juicy feel. Light-bodied and fresh, this delivers clear, clean flavors of watermelon rind, lime and slightly pineapple-like fruit flavors. The finish is refreshing in a very limea... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Benmarl Winery Seyval Blanc 2010


    Fairly earthy on the nose with some wheatgrass notes over steely mineral, a hint of melon and notes of baked peach. Bright and fresh on entry, this is rather exuberantly styled with bright acidity and a nice medium-bodied feel that supports lime-sicle flavors backed up with a touch of melon. Fresh and fruity. Better on the palate than the nose, ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Emark just wrote about a Barbera/Ruby Cabernet blend, which reminded me of some ... ... Pinotage, Marechal Foch, Seyval Blanc, Muller-Thurgau, etc.  I've had some wines made from these grapes (Pinotage from S.A., Marechal Foch from the Pacific NW) and they didn't really impress.  But the wines we love--pinot noir, Cab sauv, for Californians Pet... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hybrids, what's up with them?

  • this isn't really a complaint, more of an observation.  i am not ashamed to say that i mostly drink "every day" wines.  by the use of this phrase, i mean wines that i buy on a regular basis that fit wihin my personal pocketbook parameters.  on a practical level, this means that i'm just not going to be buying many wines that cost above $30.  why... Read More

    Forum post in the topic "every day" wines

  • Rock Stream Semi Dry Cayuga White 2008


    Cayuga White, along with Seyval Blanc two of New York's finest and most underrated white wine grapes. This is a lot lighter bodied than a Riesling but has a nice complexity, green apples, golden raisins, and a touch of honey. Finishes quick and light. Very good 88/100I might add that I tried about 8 or 10 of their wines about a year ago, and the... Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo

  • Alexis Bailly Vineyard Seyval Blanc Alexis Bailly 2009


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    Wine review by wckempe

  • Vignoble de l'Orpailleur Cuvée Spéciale Vin Gris 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Miolo Quinta Do Seival Vny Castas Portuguesas Campanha Brazil Cl 2005


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    Wine review by nics9

  • Nissley Seyval Blanc 2009


    This is my first Seyval Blanc, and it was closer to a chardonnay than I was expecting- slightly oaky and buttery. I enjoyed it better chilled. Read More

    Wine review by abeth

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