Celebrate Cabernet Franc Day on December 4th! This date is dedicated to the most popular and delicious wine, so grab your glasses and invite some friends! Let’s take a look at the history of this variety.
Studies suggest the grape variety was cultivated as early as the 14th century in the monastery of Roncesvalles, located in the province of Navarre in Spain. It was brought to the region by pilgrims traveling through these parts. Cabernet Franc was widely grown until the 19th century, when it was replaced by Cabernet Sauvignon. In fact, Cabernet Franc is the parent of many wines!
Today, it is one of the top 20 wines and is produced in France, Italy, Bulgaria, the United States, Australia, and more. Interestingly, in its native region of Navarre, it could not be grown until 2016. Growing this variety is not a problem, as it is quite resistant to cooler climates and grows well on a variety of soils, including sandstone, clay, and limestone. It is easy to distinguish from other varieties due to the presence of methoxypyrazines – a substance that protects the berries from pests and gives them a specific green pepper smell. The aroma becomes less apparent as the grapes ripen. Cabernet Franc Day has been celebrated since 2015.
- In France, there are more than 33 hectares of Cabernet Franc vines.
- The name “Cabernet Franc” is a combination of the French word “franc” (meaning “French”) and the word “cabernet”, which some believe is derived from the word “carmenet” (meaning “red”).
- The wine is characterized by medium to high acidity, making it a refreshing drink.
How to take part
Organize a party and buy some bottles of Cabernet Franc! Have fun, listen to some good music, and dance. Learn more about the variety and share your knowledge with others. Don’t forget to take some photos and post them on social media to commemorate the day!
When is Cabernet Franc Day celebrated in 2023?
Cabernet Franc Day is observed on December 4 each year.