For a long time, Syrah’s origins were debated. As with many other great wine grapes, the early history of Syrah is shrouded in folklore, myth and legend. Some had speculated that Syrah had originated in Persia, while others Greece, or Egypt. Some speculated that the Romans planted the grapes as they expanded their empire.
In 1998, Syrah’s parentage via DNA was traced back to France, the result of a cross between native French varietals Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche. This discovery settled the long standing debate as to this varietal’s origin. It is currently believed that the cross happened naturally, in a vineyard somewhere in France where both varieties were cultivated. Grapes self-pollinate, and crosses like this have occurred before.
Syrah is a staple of French wine. It is the only red grape allowed to be planted in the Northern Rhone. It adds longevity to the wines, and helps to bolster the flavor profiles. It is capable of being fruity and jammy, and also has the capacity to contain pleasant earthy aromas as well as chocolate or tobacco. We strive to bring out all of these qualities in our Syrah.