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Arinarnoa grapes

by | Oct 29, 2017

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France is commonly known for cultivating various grape varieties including the human-made Arinarnoa.

Arinarnoa is a cross between two leading Bordeaux grape varieties – Merlot and Petit Verdot, covering 164 hectares in Languedoc-Roussillon.

Arinarnoa grapes


Arinarnoa is demonstrated as a cross between Merlot and Petit Verdot developed by Pierre Marcel Durquety done in 1956 at the Institute National de la Recherche Agronomique in southwest France.

Recently, the DNA parentage analysis at INTRA demonstrated that Arinarnoa is a cross between Tannat and Cabernet Sauvignon, which shows that Arinarnoa is a grandchild of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc.

The name Arinarnoa derived from the Basque dialect words arin meaning “light” and arno meaning “wine”.

Characteristics of Arinarnoa

Arinarnoa bears open bunches and thick-skinned berries. It is late ripening and has a good resistance to botrytis bunch rot.

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Characteristics of Arinarnoa Wine

Arinarnoa wines created naturally are mostly deep colored as well as firmly structured with firm tannins and sometimes with herbaceous flavor.

Food Pairings

The Arinarnoa wine is a great match with mixed mushroom ragu, steak with green peppercorn sauce and Shepherd’s pie.


Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

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