Thought to have originated in the Loire Valley of France, Sauvignon Blanc now defines many wine regions around the world. Regions of particular note are Bordeaux – France, Marlborough – NZ, Chile, South Africa as well as plantings smattered across Washington and California. Flavors in Sauvignon blanc can range from grassy and mineral, to fruity and tropical. Notes of Gooseberry, grapefruit and passionfruit distinguish this grape, and make it a lovely pairing for soft cheeses.
Sauvignon Blanc is a moderately vigorous variety and can grow in almost any climate! It makes for a wonderful first back-yard grape, and is delicious to eat straight off the vine as well!
Name: Vitis vinifera
Site and Soil: Grapes like full to 1/2 day sun and well-drained soil. Grapes are drought resistant once they are established.
Rootstock Description: 3309C
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 10° F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 10-12 ft. in width on fence, trellis, or other support.
Taste: Notes of gooseberry, grapefruit, and passionfruit
Bloom Time: May
Ripening Time: Late September
Yield: 10-15 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Repel birds with flash tape or cover plants with bird netting.
USDA Zone: 7