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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 Sovignion Gris. A variety with a more reddish colour is the very rare Sauvignon Rouge shown in the picture (possibly identical with Roter Grünling). Another colour 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-coloured aromatic white wines that are often blended with the Sauvignon Blanc variety. The largest area under cultivation is in France with 816 hectares. There are other stocks in Germany and Switzerland (7 ha), as well as overseas in Argentina (6 ha), Brazil, Chile (134 ha), New Zealand (104 ha) and Uruguay (10 ha). In 2016, a total of 1,076 hectares of vines were designated (Kym Anderson).

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