ArticleSeyval Blanc: Varietal FocusWritten by Gene SpazianiThe Seyval Blanc (Seyve-Villard 5276), a cold-climate white grape variety, is the leading choice for many winemakers who live in the chilly eastern and northern regions of North America. This hardy varietal produces abundant crops in cold climates and offers the winemaker an opportunity to make a variety of wines from one grape. Seyval Blanc can be made in a fruity, crisp style for early drinking, or in a more austere style, like many Chardonnays. The variety also lends itself well to making dessert wines and sparkling wines. And, perhaps the best asset of all, Seyval Blanc is an outstanding blending wine that enhances whatever variety with which it is matched. Whether you buy Seyval Blanc grapes or juice, the prices are usually much lower than for other premier varieties. Seyval Blanc was born in the latter part of the 1800s as a result of the disastrous phylloxera plight, which ravaged the vineyards of Europe and most of the world. The native American varieties (vitis labrusca) were immune to phylloxera, but the European cultivars (vitis vinifera) were not. Scientists atAlready a member? Log InYou'll Also Like Article MEMBERS ONLY Primitivo: The early-ripening varietal Anyone well versed in wine grape nomenclature knows that Primitivo and Zinfandel are genetically identical. Yet test trials have shown there are some differences with grape types. Learn some of the history and best practices when handling Primitivo. Article FREE Group Winemaking A group of winemakers create eight wines from the same grapes to explore the impact of each process.