Petit Verdot is a variety which ripens much later than other varieties in Bordeaux; hence it went out of flavour in its home region. It is a red grape wine variety which when ripens is added in small amounts to add tannin, colour and flavour to the blend. The thick skin of the grape gives a strong resistance to rot and disease which also helps in imparting good levels of tannin.
Some blocks of Petit Verdot was labeled as Ferin Argentina. In the southern regions of Portugal, called Alentejo, Petit verdot is cultivated due to its region specific climatic conditions. It is also used as a seasoning in Bordeaux style blends in New Zealand, British Columbia, South Africa and Spain.
Petit verdot is pronounced as “Peh-Tee Ver-Doh”
Connoisseurs frequently get confused between Petit Verdot and Syrah as they are similar in colour, flavour and fragrance.