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Ekigaïna

The red grape variety is a new breed between Tannat x Cabernet Sauvignon. The Basque name means "sun month". The crossing was carried out in 1956 on behalf of the INRA by the Basque Pierre Marcel Durquéty (1923-2016) in France with the support of the University of Montpellier. The Arinarnoa variety was also created with the same parents. This early to medium-ripening vine is generally resistant to disease. It produces colourful, rather low-acid red wines. The variety is cultivated on two hectares in southwest France. There are other small stands in Argentina (1 ha) and Brazil (half a hectare). In 2010, a total of four hectares of vineyard area were designated (statistics Kym Anderson).

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012

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