A primer on bacchus
Bacchus is the second most planted white grape in the UK after chardonnay, and is fast emerging as our primary still white grape. It originates from Germany, as a cross between Silvaner x Riesling and Müller-Thurgau.
It’s an early ripener, which is important in cool climate regions where our growing seasons are shorter, less warm and have greater variability. In the UK, we are still at risk of frosts even into May, so grape selection is vitally important.
Bacchus is dominated by an elderflower aroma, but can also show stone and tropical fruits too. Winemakers have done lots to experiment with this and now produce it in a range of styles including sparkling, skin contact, amphora, and a very aromatic classic.
Bacchus has most commonly been referred to as our answer to New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.