Baco Noir wine

Baco noir is a sturdy grape that lends itself well to some of the most demanding growing conditions. While still not as well known as its red wine counterparts merlot or pinot noir, baco noir is gaining a reputation for dependable harvests and top quality wines.

Baco noir grapes

This little hybrid grape comes from the French Folle Blanche cognac grape and the Vitis Riperia grape native to North America. This blend proved hardy enough to survive the considerable challenges of growing grape vines in Canada. These vines are especially suited to growing in the Great Lakes regions of North America that are noted for having difficult heavy soil conditions and long cold winters; the bane of more delicate pinot noir grapes. Southern Ontario and Eastern Ontario, as well as Nova Scotia further a field, are providing some of the best baco noirs available.

The most common notes are reminiscent of red fruits that are rich and dark – think plums, currants, and blackberries. Some baco noirs will have notes of cherry but usually not as predominant as in pinots.

Other traits include delicate aromas of cedar notes or oak. Most baco noirs are oak aged but even those that are not will have a slight oakiness. Common layered flavors include hints of chocolate and cocoa. More often than not, there will be a very slight smoky essence detected that makes one think of barbeques.