Malbec ClonesDecember 2nd, 2009
Outside of the Pinot Noir buzz we have had over the past few seasons, one of our most popular varietals has been Malbec (Or Cot as our French Entav counterparts call the variety). Over the past few seasons we have added a few new French clones to our catalog. With those along with the few selections from California, growers have a decent amount of options when choosing for their new development.
FPS #4 –
FPS #6 –
FPS #9 –
FPS #10/11 –
#595 EV –
#596 EV –
#598 EV –
Overall, there is not much data available on Malbec clones. This is mainly a breakdown of what is out there and available. In those areas that have major issues with set, a lower vigor rootstock is the main thing growers can do to see improvements. Outside of that, the French Entav clones seem to fair better as well, but you can get further by making the right rootstock selection.
Please contact your local Sunridge Vineyard Representative to get the current plant availability of these selections.
French Clonal Tasting Held at the Esquire Grill during Unified WeekJanuary 28th, 2009
Sunridge Nurseries held a private tasting of French clones at the Esquire Grill on Wednesday evening, January 28, 2009, during the annual Unified Symposium in Sacramento. Sunridge collaborated with their partners at IFV (Institut Francais de la Vigne et du Vin) of France in presenting to their invited guests various ENTAV-INRA® wine clones for individual tasting. The General Manager of IFV, Jean-Pierre Van Ruyskenvelde and Engineer/Department Head, Laurent Audeguin, were available to answer questions and explain the nuances of each clone.
Some of the clones poured were Viognier Clone 642 and 1042; Cabernet Franc Clones 214, 394, and 395; Cot Clone 598; Merlot Clone 181; and Petit Verdot Clone 1058. For the first time, guests had the opportunity to taste the new Sunridge exclusive INRA varietals such as Arinarnoa (cross between Tannat and Cabernet Sauvignon); Caladoc (cross between Grenanche and Cot) and Marselan (cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache).
Sunridge has a large diversity of clonal material that comes directly from the ENTAV repositories in Domaine de l’Espiguette in France. Each year during Unified, a variety of clones are brought to educate winemakers and vineyard managers about the extensive clonal selections offered by Sunridge.
The room at the Esquire Grill was crowded with animated conversation and diligent note taking by tasters. The always wonderful food prepared by the Esquire Grill was delightfully consumed as well as domestic wines representative of our special guests.
Sunridge and IFV thank all of you who attended and we hope that you left with newly acquired information about the many French clonal selections available at Sunridge Nurseries.
Sunridge Managers Visit IFV in FranceOctober 1st, 2008
Sunridge’s relationship with IFV (ENTAV)* goes back to early 1995, when the idea of bringing ENTAV-INRA® clones to the United States marketplace was first discussed. Over the past thirteen years, this relationship has grown and now these special clones are on the forefront of demand from the wine industry.
Both entities continually strive to share information and technical support. Each year, IFV sends technicians—experts in their fields—to check on the mother blocks of ENTAV-INRA® clones at Sunridge. We frequently have internationally renowned ampelographers, like Jean-Michel Boursiquot, and wine grape specialists, such as Laurent Audeguin and Christophe Schneider, come to California to walk our blocks, share technical data, and visit our customers.
In an effort to strengthen our education of the current French industry, as well as IFV’s current clonal selections, Sunridge also sends its representatives to France. In the past, both Glen and Craig Stoller frequently made visits. This year, Sunridge’s General Manager, Steve Maniaci, and Sales Manager, Butch McKinley, visited IFV’s repository and laboratories in Domaine de l’Espiquette, in southern France’s Montpellier region. They learned about the newest clonal selections and the on-going, extensive testing of all clones that pass through IFV’s selection process. Technical information regarding Sunridge’s current available clones was shared and future selections were considered.
*The French Vine and Wine Institute (IFV – Institut Francais de la Vigne et du Vin) is the result of the 2007 merger of two French national government organizations: ENTAV and ITV France. The French Ministry for Agriculture and Fisheries declared that this Institute would conduct studies of the entire French wine industry regarding the selection of grape plant material and protection in their repository, vine growing, vineyard management, wine making and marketing. IFV conducts its research on its experimental sites established in all the French wine regions.
Dear Valued CustomerAugust 3rd, 1998
Its is with great pleasure and excitement that we send you this enclosed announcement regarding our new offerings of trademarked French clones of scions and rootstocks, now available at Sunridge Nurseries Inc.
This project is the culmination of more than three years of negotiations with ENTAV, the French National Technical Center for the Improvement of Viticulture, in an alliance that may be a turning point for the California Viticultural industry. As the highest authority in France for the selection and preservation of French grapevine clones, ENTAV has trademarked more than 663 certified clones and has sought to market them through Sunridge Nurseries for our customer’s vineyards.
Sunridge has now developed mother blocks of the clones noted in the enclosed announcement, which come directly from the ENTAV repositories in France. The material is not only guaranteed as to its authenticity, but has been tested and found to be free of disease. This will provide new varieties and new clonal selections of popular French varieties to meet the growing demand for premium California vines. Not only are we tapping into more than the thirty years of research and field testing, accomplished by ENTAV, but we will now be able to provide diversity to vineyards that California does not presently have.
We are very enthusiastic about this new endeavor and we welcome your inquiries. Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to hearing from you.
Certified French Grapevine Material to be Available in CaliforniaJuly 1st, 1998
California winegrape growers will soon be able to purchase certified grapevine clonal selections and new varieties from France under an agreement reached in May between California nurseries and French authorities. The first grafting material will be available next year in small quantities from Sunridge Nurseries Inc. in Bakersfield, Calif., said Sunridge President Glen Stoller. The product will be offered to growers in three forms: green growing bench grafts, dormant bench grafts, or as budwood for grafting purposes, said Sunridge Vice President Craig Stoller.
Initially, the nursery has 8 rootstock clones and 37 clones of varieties such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Noir, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Semillon, Syrah and Viognier. According to Craig Stoller, there are several different clones within each variety. For example, there are four different Cabernet Sauvignon and four different Chardonnay clones. Characteristics of each clone vary, giving growers different options to accommodate their needs. For instance, one variety may have a Muscat flavor while another variety will ripen earlier in the vineyard. They include characteristics that the French have screened for and find valuable in winegrape production, Stoller added.
The efforts to bring the French material into the country have been in the works for three years, Glen Stoller noted. The signing between Sunridge and ENTAV, the French National Technical Center for the Improvement of Viticulture, took place on May 29. The agreement gives Sunridge permission to license, import, produce and market ENTAV’s certified grapevine clonal selections under the trademark ENTAV-INRA.
“This trademark, ENTAV-INRA, substantiates that these clones have been studied by both ENTAV and INRA and the origin and authenticity of the clones are guaranteed,” said Rober Boidron, director of ENTAV.
Sunridge Nurseries was prompted to propagate French clones by “the demand from the industry for more diversified clonal materials that were sanitary and clean,” Glen Stoller said.
Stoller added that Sunridge chose French materials because they have more genetic diversity in their clones, offering growers more variety.
The varieties chosen by Sunridge are either currently grown in the United States or ones that had the most interest from California growers. According to Glen Stoller, there are already some French clones in California, but their authenticity can’t be positively identified because most were smuggled in and there is no certainty that the clones are from the same origin.
The 37 clones and eight rootstocks have been through quarantine, and Sunridge is presently planting in mother blocks the blown-up material, which should be available by next year. Additional clones have been brought into the Foundation Plant Material Services at US Davis, where they are under quarantine. These clones won’t be ready for one to two years.
Cuttings coming into the country from France are quarantined for 18 months, where they are tested for diseases. If there are any positive viruses, the plants are destroyed. Following the screening process and quarantine clearance, the plants are supplied to Sunridge Nurseries, where they are placed in greenhouses. The cuttings from these plants are then propagated. When the numbers increase, they are taken from the greenhouse and planted to a vineyard site where they are grafted.
“It’s the next generation of wine. The French have done a lot of work very scientifically; they select their clones after more than 30 years of experimenting and testing,” Craig Stoller said. “We’re going to benefit from their research, which is great.”
The demand for material has been there for the past six or seven years, he said, adding that demand is expected to be strong as material becomes available.