Saperavi N
Name of vine variety in France
This variety is originally from Georgia.
There is no officially recognized synonym in France nor in the other countries of the European Union, for this variety.
In France, Saperavi is officially listed in the "Catalogue of vine varieties" since 2012 on the A list and classified.
Wine grape variety.
Evolution of area under vines in France
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The identification is based on:
- the tip of the young shoot with a high density of prostate hairs,
- the green young leaves,
- the medium to large, circular adult leaves, entire or with three or five lobes, with shallow lateral sinuses, a slightly open or closed petiole sinus, medium teeth with convex or sometimes straight sides, no anthocyanin coloration of veins, an involute blistered leaf blade, and on the lower side of the leaves, a low to medium density of erect and prostate hairs,
- the slightly ellipsoid berries, with a colorless pulp but with a very colored skin.
Genetic profile
Allel 1 131 221 239 186 188 244 238 234 243
Allel 2 143 238 239 189 200 262 240 243 249
Bud burst: 1 day before Chasselas.
Grape maturity: mid-season, 2 weeks and a half after Chasselas.
Suitability for cultivation and agronomic production
Saperavi has a moderate vigor with a semi-erect bearing. It should preferably be trellised. Saperavi is a variety that is both adapted to cold winters and to drought conditions.
Sensitivity to diseases and pests
Saperavi does not seem particularly sensitive to fungal diseases.
Technological potential
Saperavi's bunches are small to medium in size with slightly lignified peduncle. The berries are medium in size. This variety, which can be considered to be semi-teinturier, produces powerful, very colored, acidic and tannic wines. It can also be used to make sweet wines.
Clonal selection in France
The only certified Saperavi clone carries the number 1187.
Bibliographic references
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Description of clones approved in France
Identity and availability Agronomic data Technical data
Clone number Origin Selection Fertility Production level Sugar content Potential color
Year approved Agronomic references Weight of grape clusters Vigor Total acidity Tannic structure
Growing surface area Size of berries Sensitivity to Botrytis Aromatic intensity Oenological aptitudes
1187  Georgie  IFV        
 2012  Languedoc        
         distinctive wines of the vine variety