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The red variety comes from France, Synonyms are Cabernet Duras, Durade, Duras, Durasca, Duras Femelle, Duras Male, Duras Rouge and Durazé. The name derives from "dur" (hard) and refers to the hard wood of the vine. You must not with the Italian variety Ner d'Ala (Dúras). According to an unverifiable hypothesis, she is said to be a descendant of Cato (234-149 BC) and Columella (1st century AD) ancient grape variety Be Duracina. It was first mentioned reliably in 1842 in Gaillac in Southwest France, According to done in 2013 DNA analysis it comes from a presumably natural cross between Tressot Noir x Savagnin Blanc ( Traminer ). However, this is based on only 20 DNA markers (see under molecular Genetics ). Previously, she was considered the parent of Tressot Noir.

Duras - vine trube and leaf

The medium-maturing vine is prone to Black spots disease, Real mildew and eutypa dieback, It produces body and alcohol rich, dark red wines with strong acidity and peppery notes. The variety is cultivated in the department of Tarn. In 2010, 892 hectares of vineyards were reported with decreasing trend.

Source : Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Photos : Doris Schneider, Ursula Brühl, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI), Federal Research Center for Cultivated Plants,
Institute for Grapevine Breeding Geilweilerhof - 76833 Siebeldingen, GERMANY

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