Mondeuse | Refosco
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Appellations Growing Mondeuse | Refosco Grapes
Appellations producing the most Mondeuse | Refosco wines:
- Santa Cruz Mountains (AVA)
- El Dorado (AVA)
- California (State Appellation)
- Santa Maria Valley (AVA)
- Central Coast (AVA)
Mondeuse | Refosco Grape Details
Mondeuse (aka. Refosco, Gros Syrah)
This characterful red grape grown in France’s alpine Savoie region is known as Refosco in hills of northern Italy. In both regions, given proper vineyard selection, the vine yields grapes that can produce concentrated red wines with high tannin levels and acidity. Alternatively known as Gros Syrah in France, though it is not related to Syrah (Shiraz) or Petite Sirah (Durif). Adding to the confusion, it was recently revealed by U.C Davis' Carole Meredith that the Petite Sirah vines grown in California were not only Durif, but also Mondeuse amongst other varietals. Mondeuse's acreage in North America is minor, most of which is in California, often planted by Cal-Ital wineries such as Montevina, who prefers to label it under its Refosco moniker. A few acres can also be found in Southern Oregon.