05 December 2013

Sussex Wine Academy


One of the 'new' red grape varieties grown for English wines with some considerable success.

A Hybrid variety - Saperavi Servernyi x St Laurent. Originally just named Gm 6494/5, this hybrid vine has very different parentage from Regent (another hybrid) but some similar characteristics. It has adapted to UK conditions very well and plantings have been increasing since was first planted in 1983. Rondo produces wines with very good colour and style and overtones of classic red varieties. It blends well with other varieties (such as Dornfelder and Pinot Noir) and can be likened to a cross between Tempranillo and Syrah.