Merlot is a red wine grape variety originating from Gironde in southwestern France, and in particular from the Bordeaux area. In most of the areas where Merlot is grown in the world, it is accompanied by Cabernet Sauvignon, creating the classic “Bordeaux blend”.
Merlot arrived in Italy at the end of the 19th century in Friuli-Venezia Giulia and quickly spread to Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige; however, it is now widespread in many other regions of Italy, where it is able to yield excellent results even without the addition of other grapes.
Merlot is a very early variety, which requires rich, loamy soil, and is generally grown on espaliers with bilateral or single Guyot pruning.
As part of the “Alghero” DOC, the “Riserva” version is also produced, with a minimum aging period of 24 months.
Leaf: medium, pentagonal, three-lobed or five-lobed
Bunch: medium, more or less loose and pyramidal, with one or two wings
Grape: medium, round blue-black
Skin: medium consistency covered with abundant bloom