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Durif is actually a cross between the noble grape Syrah and the less well-known Peloursin. It was created at the University of Montpellier in the 1880s by a gentleman named Dr. Durif - a nurseryman who was looking to develop a grape variety resistant to downy mildew, one of many scourges of the vine.

Although only a few token plantings remain in France today, Durif is both successful and popular in Australia where it makes characterful, pitch-black wines. Even long-term Shiraz fans are recognising the appeal of the incredibly dark, powerful wines from Durif. In fact, it's often blended with Shiraz.

  • Signature Style

    Mouthstaining black fruit flavors with inky violet notes and hints of cedar and smoky liquorice.

  • Famous Examples

    De Bortoli Red Sheep, Dark Corner, Westend Estate The Boxer

  • Principal regions


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    Did you know?

  • Contrary to popular belief, Durif is not related to California's Petite Sirah, a fact proven by DNA fingerprinting in 1997.
  • Created by Dr. Durif in the 1880s.
  • Acclaimed Aussie winemaker Sam Trimboli likes the grape so much, his car license plate reads 'DURIF'.
  • If you like Durif, you might also like: Nebbiolo - the great grape of the Piedmont region (especially Barolo), renowned for its massive color and concentration. Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre blends, especially the greatest of Rhône reds Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

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