Chardonnay is a cross between the Pinot family and a very old, nearly extinct grape named Gouais Blanc. It is widely accepted that the Romans originally propagated this grape in Bulgaria on their march to France. Evidence has been found to document ancient Chardonnay grown today on the same Burgozone Danube River plains planted over 4,500 years ago by the Romans.
Recently unearthed 7,000 year old pottery vessels revealed the distinctive large Mavrud grape leaf tying this wine to the Thracian era. It is believed to have been the major wine of the region and would have been enjoyed by Homer, Spartacus, Alexander the Great and St. Paul during their travels through the Danube River valley.
Wild Cabernet Franc became popular in the 1600’s in the Loire Valley and has since grown in popularity around the world. This great wild vinifera gave birth to Cabernet Sauvignon when crossed with Sauvignon Blanc.
Syrah is an ancient grape with historical records dating back to 20 AD, originating in the Rhone region of France. It is one of the world’s most popular varietals and was a favorite of Thomas Jefferson.