is a traditional French variety of red wine grape
that is mostly grown around the Tarn River
, northeast of Toulouse
. It is usually blended with other traditional varieties, but production has been declining in recent years.
Despite the name the grape appears to have no connection with of the Côtes de Duras
east of Bordeaux
, at least it is not grown there today.J. Robinson Vines, Grapes & Wines
pg 205 Mitchell Beazley 1986 ISBN 1-85732-999-6 Nor is any link known to the Durasa
Viticulture came to the Tarn with the Romans, but little is known of the history of Duras.DNA fingerprinting
has recently suggested that with Petit Verdot
from Bordeaux, it is a parent of the Tressot
Distribution and Wines
Duras is only really found in the upper reaches of the Tarn River, in Gaillac
, the Côtes de Millau
and the Vins d'Estaing
north of Rodez
. It makes robust red wines with a peppery note that are typically blended with other traditional varieties such as Fer
Vine and Viticulture
The vine is susceptible to oidium
and black rot
with a tendency to bud early.
Cabernet Duras, Durade, Duras Femelle, Duras Male, Duras Rouge, Durasca, Duraze
- Robinson, Jancis......