A cross of the Trebbiano Toscano and Rayon d’Or varieties, Vidal was developed in the 1930s for use in cognac production by Jean-Louis Vidal. Even though created in France, the variety is no longer authorized there. Hardy and boasting a tough outer skin, Vidal typically produces dry white wines and excellent icewines with notes of pear and citrus.
Originating in France, this variety is the most popular grape in Quebec and has enjoyed substantial growth. It was widely planted in Champagne during the phylloxera plague so as to ensure the production of quality sparkling wines. A vigorous variety, Seyval Blanc ripens early and requires cluster thinning. Often used for making icewine, it generally produces dry, light wines with a healthy dose of acidity.