Cabernet Sauvignon: It is native of the
Bourdeaux district, a region in the southwest ofFrance. It was described
in detail in 1875 by Secondat, son of Montesquieu, who defines it a
It was first introduced intoItalyinPiedmont, in the early 19th century.
Recent researches carried out to study its DNA employing 30
microsatellite loci have proved the direct relationship between Cabernet
franc and Cabernet sauvignon, the latter being the result of the
hybridization between Cabernet franc and Sauvignon blanc.
Merlot: Like several other vines
(Cabernet), this one, too, is native to the vine-growing region of the
southwest of France (Bourdeaux). FromFrance, it spread throughout the
world. It was introduced intoItaly in 1880 starting from Friuli
andVeneto, where it found the proper environmental conditions. It is
currently found throughoutItaly, above all in the centre and south.
Apparently, its name is derived from the French term for blackbird