Regional Varieties: Baga Barbera Blaufränkisch Brachetto Carignan Carménère Cinsaut Dolcetto Gamay Graciano Lagrein Malvasia Nera Marzemino Montepulciano Mourvèdre Nero d'Avola Petit Verdot Petite Sirah Pinot Meunier Pinotage Touriga Nacional
Petit Verdot is a French grape, most prominently used in small percentages in classic Bordeaux-style red blends. When correctly harvested and vinified, it can add tannin, color, and flavors to the blend. These flavors are often likened with bananas when young, but when older turn to leather and violet. Châteaux such as Cantemerle and Palmer, just to name two, use small amounts of Petit Verdot in their blend, but the grape has largely fallen out of flavor in France.
The grape has spread to Australia, where the wines made from it are bold and ageable. Australian Petit Verdot should be aged for 5-10 years or more. Argentina, Chile, Italy (where it is called Maremma), and Venezuela also have small plantings of Petit Verdot. Many of these plantings are used for Bordeaux blends. California hosts a great deal of Petit Verdot, and the climate there is promising for the production of varietal Petit Verdot.