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Sauvignon Gris

This white grape variety is a colour mutation of Sauvignon Blanc with pink or reddish berries. Synonyms are Fié, Fié Dans le Neuvillois, Fiers, Sauvignon Rosé and Sovignon Gris. A variant with a more reddish colour is the very rare Sauvignon Rouge (possibly identical with Roter Grünling) shown in the picture. Another coloured variety is Sauvignon Violet, which has disappeared due to its low yield. All Sauvignon varieties are genetically identical or have the same DNA profile. For the unrelated, independent variety Centesimino, the synonym Sauvignon Rosso is used. Sauvignon Gris produces light to salmon-colored aromatic white wines that are often blended with the Sauvignon Blanc variety. The largest cultivation area is in France with 816 hectares. There are other holdings in Germany and Switzerland (7 hectares), as well as overseas in Argentina (6 hectares), Brazil, Chile (134 hectares), New Zealand (104 hectares) and Uruguay (10 hectares). In 2016, a total of 1,076 hectares of vines were designated (Kym Anderson).

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