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Hondarribi Beltza

The red variety comes from Spain, The name derives from the city of Hondarribia in the northeast of the Spanish Basque country (País Vasco), beltza = black. Synonyms include Chacolí, Courbu Noir Faux, Cruchen Nègre, Hondarrabi Beltza, Kurixketu Beltza, Ondarrabi Beltza, Ondarribi Beltza, Txakoli, Txakoli Noir, Verde Matza and Xerratu Beltza. It may, despite seemingly suggestive synonyms or morphological Similarities do not match the varieties Cabernet Franc or Courbu Noir be confused. The sometimes referred to as independent variety Chacolí or Txakoli is identical to Hondarribi Beltza.

According to done in 2009 DNA analysis exists between Hondarribi Beltza and Cabernet Franc on Parent-offspring relationship, As both varieties also in the Basque DO area Chacolí in the composite rate cultivated, frequent confusions are obvious. From a natural crossroads Fer Servadou x Hondarribi Beltza is the variety Gros Cabernet emerged. Hondarribi Beltza produces acid and alcohol rich reds and rosé wines reminiscent of Cabernet Franc. It is grown in Spain on 53 hectares of vineyards. There is a tiny stock of half a hectare in Chile (Statistics Kym Anderson ).

Source: Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012

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