In France, any grape variety intended for use in producing and marketing wine must meet two cumulative conditions: be registered in the official listing and be classified as a wine-grape vine variety. Although the very first definitive classifications for resistant grape varieties were awarded at the beginning of 2017, some grape varieties have a temporary classification, even if they are sometimes registered in the official listing in the country in which they were bred. Limited areas of trial plots can then be planted. The modalities are defined by the Ministerial Order of 9 May 2016 under the new planting licensing regime.

Temporary classification, definitive classification, registration in the EU common catalogue of plant varieties - what is the difference?
What are the approaches for experimental planting?
How to find planting material ?
Can AOC (protected designation of origin) be made with these new grape varieties?

Find out more:

FranceAgriMer, Plantation en vue d’expérimentations de variétés et autres expérimentations

Dossier de presse INRA/IFV : Pour une viticulture durable et de qualité : les résistances au cœur de la sélection variétale, January 2017

Vitis International Variety Catalogue (VIVC)

INAO, Jacques Gautier and Eric Rosaz, 2014. L’évolution de l’encépagement des indications géographiques française: outils de gestion du vignoble et contraintes subies