Mara Grapes

Mara is a new age hybrid grape which was created in the United Kingdom using the two grape varieties Gamay and Reinchensteiner.

Mara is actually created by crossing the above mentioned two grape varieties to create a red wine grape variant which ripens early and offers a good resistance to fungal infections.

Mara was created in the year 1970 at the Caudoz research centre in Pully, near Lausanne, Switzerland and originally named Pully C 41, only to be renamed to Mara before it was released to the outside world.

Wines
Vineyards
Wine grape varieties

This grape was released in the year 1990 and has often been compared to its cousins Gamaret and Gamanoir.

Remember to read the Wine Tasting guide...

.

Origin of Mara grape Variant

Mara was created in in a research centre at Pully, an eastern suburb of Lausanne that is now a part of federal Agroscope Changins’ Wädenswil research group of Switzerland.

This grape variant was created by Andre Jacquinet, the breeder who was also involved in the creation of Diolinoir (made from Robin Noir and Pinot Noir) and sister varieties of Gamaret (called as Pully B-13) and Gamanoir (called as Pully B-28)

Regions where Mara grape variants are cultivated

Mara grapes are often found in various parts of Switzerland with large concentrations of grapes cultivated in Vaud and Valais, to the southwest of Switzerland.

This plant is also cultivated in small numbers in regions of Germany, United Kingdom (more majorly in England), Italy, Canada and United States.

Characteristics of Mara grape variant

Mara grape variety is quite similar to its distant relative Pinot Noir, though it differs from Pinot Noir with respect to some of the frailties it has.

Mara grapes tend to ripen early, while giving a high yield and being resistant to most of the fungal diseases like oidium and peronospora.

Mara grapes also lack the acidity which Pinot Noir exhibits and it needs to be grown in the cooler climes of say France or Germany, like its cousins Gamaret and Gamanoir.

A photo posted by Ludovic Joly (@ludojoly) on Oct 9, 2015 at 2:26am PDT

A photo posted by salissaa (@salissaa) on Jul 8, 2016 at 12:17pm PDT

In cooler climates, the grapes ripen a little slowly and steadily without losing its acidic content, as much as it would have otherwise.

In warmer climates or seasons, this grape variant produces wines which are often very strong and fruit driven, when it comes to the aroma, but lacks the necessary tannin and the acid structure to back the strong aromas on display.

In case of Mara, the vines have branches which are open ended, fluffy, lined with leaves, which, when young, appear crimson and yellow and have a hairy texture.

These leaves in their adulthood become small, quinquelobées and circular almost in the form of the letter ‘U’, having a light green colour. The blade appears lined with straight and short teeth, with little blisters on it.

Characteristics of Mara Wines

Wines made from Mara grapes typically have moderate tannin content, a robust acid structure, is full bodied and displays aromas of sweet spice, cherries and blackberries.

Mara grapes produce wines having a splendid and a smooth structure. Its aromatics tend to give a darker, brooding end on the fruit spectrum scale, dotted with hints of savoury spice.

This variant is often blended with other varieties of wine which give a light, fruity structure with medium tannin content to balance its darker serious notes of fruits with high tannin content, to round off the wine giving it a smooth structure.

As far as alcohol content is concerned, this wine contains around 13 percent alcohol.

Flavours and Aromas of Mara Wines

Mara grapes tend to give a strong flavour of fruits like blackberries, red cherries and traces of blueberries.

As far as spices and earth flavours are concerned, it gives a strong flavour of black pepper and saffron spice. As a result of this, Mara grape wines have higher notes of intense fruit driven aromas.

Food pairings with Mara wines

This wine goes well with English, American, Italian and French cuisine.

It tastes excellent with soft cheeses and dishes like Milanese style risotto, Tea smoked barbequed vegetables, Barbeque ramen, Raclette cheese with cornichons and roasted potatoes, pulled vegetable rolls, vegetarian chili, okra and rice stew and seared vegetables.

This wines blends perfectly with spicy foods and a host of hot curries.

Author

Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

Wine Writer

Michael is an online enthusiast, with a lot of knowledge about online marketing. Traveling around the world to hunt for the perfect wine. Latest on Sicily, where Etna has a huge impact on the taste, which is strong with a bitter aftertaste for the youngest wines, but older wines are fantastic. Drinking wine, and writing about them, are one the passions. Remember to drink responsibly 🙂

Are you a Copywriter?

We have a lot of articles without much content, if you can do it better, you are welcome to write a nice article, and get the proper credit for that. Read more information about beeing an author, and Contact us for more information.

Other grapes

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.

Vineyards
Breweries
Alcohol and Distilleries
Wine Grape Varieties
Wine Informations
Wine Merchants
Accessories
Other
Bar and Cocktail Equipment
Bottle Opener
Glassware
Wine Accessories
Wine Opener
Alcohol Free
Beer
Ale
Brown Ale
Chinese Beer
Christmas Beer
Czech Beer
Danish Beer
English Beer
Finnish Beer
German Beer
Iceland Beer
Indian Pale Ale
Italian Beer
Japanese Beer
Lager
Mexican beer
Pale Ale
Seasonal Beer
Stout
Swedish Beer
Turkish Beer
Wheat Beer
White Ale
Champagne
French Champagne
Cocktail
Aperitivo
Campari
Cider
Cocktail Bitters
Cocktail Mixer
Cocktail Muscat
Cocktail Shakers
Cordial
Curacao
Fruit Juice
Garnishes
Mead and Tonic Wine
Muscat
Pernod
Puree
Soft Drinks
Spirits Mixer
Syrup
Dessert Wine
Argentinian Dessert Wine
Australian Dessert Wine
Chile Dessert Wine
Drambuie
English Dessert Wine
French Dessert Wine
Fruit and Ginger Wine
German Dessert Wine
Hungarian Dessert Wine
Italian Dessert Wine
Madeira and Marsala
New Zealand Dessert WIne
Portugal Dessert Wine
Sauterne
Sherry
South African Dessert Wine
Spanish Dessert Wine
Vermouth
Liquor
Absinthe
Armagnac
Baileys
Brandy
Cachaca
Calvados
Cassis
Cognac
Cognac and Brandy
Cointreau
Eau De Vie
Gin
Gin & Genever
Gran Marnier
Grappa
Irish Liqueur
Irish Vodka
Japanese
Liqueur
Pisco
Poteen
RTD'S (Ready to Drink)
Rum
Sake
Sambuca
Schnapps
Speciality
Spirit
Tequila
Tequila & Mescal
Vodka
Port Wine
French Port Wine
Portuguese Port Wine
Portuguese White Port
Ruby Port Wine
Tawny Port Wine
Red Wine
American Red Wine
Argentina Red Wine
Australian Red Wine
Austrian Red Wine
Bulgarian Red Wine
Chile Red Wine
English Red Wine
French Red Wine
Georgia Red Wine
German Red Wine
Greek Red Wine
Hungarian Red Wine
Italian Red Wine
New Zealand Red Wine
Portuguese Red Wine
South African Red Wine
Spanish Red Wine
Uruguay Red Wine
Rosé Wine
American Rosé Wine
Australian Rosé Wine
Chile Rosé Wine
English Rosé Wine
French Rosé Wine
German Rosé Wine
Italian Rosé Wine
New Zealand Rosé Wine
Portuguese Rosé Wine
South African Rosé Wine
Spanish Rosé Wine
Sparkling Wine
American Sparkling Wine
Argentina Sparkling Wine
Cava
Cyprus Sparkling Wine
French Sparkling Wine
German Sparkling Wine
Italian Sparkling Wine
Prosecco
Sekt
South African Sparkling Wine
Spanish Sparkling Wine
Walisisch Sparkling Wine
Whisky
Blended Malt Whisky
Blended Whisky
Bourbon & USA Whiskey
Grain Whisky
Irish Whiskey
Other Whisky
Scotch Whisky
Single Malt Whisky
White Wine
American White Wine
Argentina White Wine
Australian White Wine
Austrian White Wine
Chile White Wine
English White Wine
French White Wine
Georgia White Wine
German White Wine
Greek White Wine
Hungarian White Wine
Italian White Wine
New Zealand White Wine
Slovakian White Wine
South African White Wine
Spanish White Wine
Wine
Chile Wine
English Wine
Exclusive Wines
Fine Wine
French Wine
German Wine
Italian Wine
New Zealand Wine
Port Sherry Madeira
Portugal Wine
Spanish Wine
Wine Gifts
Beer Gifts
Case
Gift Packaging
Spirit Gifts
Voucher
Wine & Champagne Gifts

Wine Tours

No ratings yet.

Give this page a High Five!

Save up to 20%

Get our newsletter with the promotional code, and save a lot of money!

You will now recieve our Newsletters, Thank You :-)

See all of Our Promotional Codes and benefits here

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Online Shopping and World's Best Wines

Save up to 20%

Receive our newsletter and get the latest news, promotional codes and freebies

You will now recieve our Newsletters, Thank You :-)

See all of Our Promotional Codes and benefits here

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This