The white grape variety is a new variety between Raffiat de Moncade x Sauvignon Blanc. The cross was commissioned by the INRA in 1954 by the Basque Pierre Marcel Durquéty (1923-2016) with the support of the University of Montpellier. Arriloba means in the Basque language "the nephew of Pierre" (Harri = Pierre, Loba = nephew). By the way, the Agorra variety was created with the same parents. This early-ripening, high-yielding vine is resistant to botrytis due to its thick berry skins. It produces a white wine similar to Sauvignon Blanc and is also used as a table grape. In southwest France, it is cultivated on 48 hectares in the Charentais area. There are also other small cultivated areas overseas in Brazil (3 hectares) and Uruguay (4 hectares). In 2010, a total of 55 hectares of vineyard area were designated (statistics Kym Anderson).
Source: Kym Anderson: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Pictures: Ursula Brühl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)