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Vitis vinifera 'Cabernet Franc'

Vitis vinifera 'Cabernet Franc'

Updated Oct. 30, 2005 at 10:30pm: I contacted the winery, and these are not 'Cabernet Sauvignon', but rather 'Cabernet Franc'. I'm usually pretty good at taking notes while I photograph, but not this time. Weblog entry changed to talk about 'Cabernet Franc'.

I visited the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia on the weekend to wine-taste and snap a few photographs of the vineyards. Typical of my inopportune timing, I went several weeks after the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival so wine inventory was spotty at a few places, but there was still much to taste and photograph. These 'Cabernet Franc' grapes were inside a giant plastic bin, recently harvested and soon-to-be processed.

In the late 1990s, it was determined by Dr. Carole Meredith of University of California, Davis, that 'Cabernet Franc' was one of the parents of 'Cabernet Sauvignon' (the other was 'Sauvignon Blanc') – this was popularly covered in the media, including this article from the Discovery Channel: “DNA analysis reveals mysterious past of cabernet sauvignon”. You can also read more of the history and qualities of 'Cabernet Franc' via Wikipedia.

If you have questions or would like to read some discussions about grapes, check out our Grapes and Grape Vines discussion forum.

Botany / image resource link: The Magic of Australian Native Plants photo gallery from the Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants contains hundreds of Australian plant photographs (though a bit on the small side). One of my favourites is the photograph of the growth habit of Eucalyptus camaldulensis at Greenough, Western Australia on this page.


A small dispute has arisen in conversation whether these are 'Cabernet Sauvignon' or 'Cabernet Franc' grapes. Unfortunately, the winery where I photographed them has both in its vineyard, so until I can resolve which cultivar it is (they look extremely similar), please take note of this uncertainty.

Wow! that is soooo.... Beautiful !!!

A request was made for a larger version for desktop wallpaper, so here it is: Vitis vinifera 'Cabernet Franc' @ 1280px x 1024px

waw,,,beautiful, what the difference between Vitis Vinifera & Vitis Labrusca. tx

they remind me of blure berries :]
yum. Is carbenet a colour cos it sounds nice.

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