French Hybrids

Definition - What does French Hybrids mean?

French hybrids refer to a variety of grapes produced in France that are the result of cross-breeding between two grape varieties: classic European varieties with American varieties. The hybrids produce more fruit than native European grapevines. Furthermore, French hybrids have the disease resistance capacity similar to American varieties. But, the quality of the wine produced from hybrid grapes is not regarded highly in comparison to traditional wines like Chardonnay, Zinfandel, etc.

WineFrog explains French Hybrids

The crossing of two breeds always produces stronger and disease resistant grapes. The hybrid technique was used to develop winemaking in areas of the world where it was not possible to grow vines. Creating a hybrid allowed opportunities to accommodate viticulture in difficult conditions. Baco Noir, a fine example of a French hybrid, extensively grows in the cooler climates of North America which demonstrates the hybrids' ability to grow in difficult condition easily. Some of the other examples of French hybrids include Sevyal blanc and Vidal Blanc. Vine experts are constantly experimenting with wine production to produce wines that are full-bodied and flavorful and this paves way for variations in viticulture.

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