This variety is an interspecific hybrid resulting from the crossbreeding of a descendant of Sauvignon x Riesling and a hybrid whose identity is unknown. There is no officially recognized synonym in France nor in the other countries of the European Union, for this variety. The hybrid was crossed by the owner of the vineyard Valentin Blattner in Soyhières in the canton of Jura in Switzerland. The late ripening, loose and frost-hardy vine with pink hard-shelled berries is resistant to both mildew and botrytis. Some of the variety research took place in Bordeaux and Cognac, where there are many villages, hamlets and field names ending in “nac”. One of the parents of this crossing is Sauvignon blanc and so, the name ‘Sauvignac’ was born.
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