The white grape variety comes from Savoy France. Synonyms are Gringet Gras, Gros Gringet and Petit Gringet. It should not be confused with the two varieties Roussanne or Savagnin Blanc(Traminer), despite the fact that they seem to be synonyms or morphological similarities. DNA analyses have disproved the assumption made by the French ampelographer Pierre Galet (1921-2019), among others, that Gringet is a clone of Savagnin Blanc; in fact, it is not even related. A natural cross between Gringet and Gouais Blanc resulted in the variety Molette. The medium-ripening vine is susceptible to downy mildew and especially to downy mildew. It produces light-coloured, acidic white wines with aromas of dried apples and yellow plums, which are mainly used for sparkling wines. The variety is grown in Haut-Savoie in the Vallée de l'Arve. In 2010, 25 hectares of vineyards were designated (Kym Anderson).
Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
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