The grape varieties
Vin de Liège has also chosen to make wine using interspecific grape varieties. These varieties, selected for their organoleptic qualities, are the result of hybridisation between European vines and more resistant types of vine.
Because they are developed to adapt to the local land and specific climatic conditions of the area, they only require the slightest of chemical treatment.
Cabernet Cortis2 hectares - WBI Freiburg
- Early variety similar to Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Origin: Cabernet-Sauvignon and Solaris. Obtained in Germany in 1982. It can be found in the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium and Switzerland.
- Small to medium sized bunches, made of small round black grapes.
- With an intense ruby red robe, it is full-bodied, tannic and fruity, sometimes with hard tannins, rich in phenolic extracts and compounds, giving rise to a powerful and distinctive wine with aromas such as blackcurrant, cherry, blackberry, black pepper, violet as well as botanic and vanilla notes.
- Resists mildew well and powdery mildew fairly well.
Johanniter3,5 hectares - WBI freiburg
- Early variety similar to Riesling.
- Origin: A variety related to Riesling and Seyve-Villard X (Pinot gris or Rülander plus Chasselas or Gutedel). Obtained in Germany in 1968. It can be found in Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
- Medium sized bunches of medium to large grapes.
- It produces a light and discretely fruity wine with mineral notes. The aromas are fruity, verging on citrus, lime, exotic fruits, peach, pear and pippin apples. It is possible to discern notes of dried fruit, such as bitter almond, as well as spicy and floral notes (rose petals).
- Resists mildew and powdery mildew very well. Sensitive to spring frosts.
Muscaris2 hectares - WBI freiburg
- Muscat type early variety.
- Origin: Solaris and small Muscat grapes. Obtained in Germany in 1987.
- Medium to large bunches of medium-sized grapes.
- It produces a powerful wine that develops a nice bouquet of Muscat notes.
- Used on its own or occasionally for blending to provide a fruity note.
Pinotin2 hectares - Obtained by Valentin Blattner
- Early variety similar to Pinot Noir.
- Origin: This is an interspecific Swiss hybridisation obtained in 1991. It can be found in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.
- Narrow long bunches of medium-sized, round and blooming grapes with blueish tints.
- This variety produces very bright ruby coloured wines with notes of grilled almonds, black cherries and Morello cherries.
- Resists mildew very well and powdery mildew well.
Solaris1 hectares - WBI freiburg
- Early very vigorous variety.
- Origin: Merzling and (Zarya Severa plus Muscat Ottonel). Obtained in Germany in 1975. It can be found in Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark and England.
- Large loose bunches of small grapes.
- As powerful as it is warm, it provides good fruit aromas to a blend: pineapple, banana, lychee, mango and hazelnut. It is sometimes used to make sweet wine.
Souvignier gris2 hectares - WBI freiburg
- Early variety similar to Sauvignon.
- Origin: Cabernet-Sauvignon with Bronner. Obtained in Germany in 1983. It can be found in Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and the Languedoc Roussillon region of France.
- Medium-sized aerated oblong bunches of medium-sized grapes.
- With aromas of melon and spices, it produces well-structured and lightly fruity wine.
- It is used to make white wine.