Cabernet Franc does well in clay-limestone soils, and possibly sandy soils if there is little to no water stress. The berries are small, and similar to Cabernet Sauvignon, but ripen earlier. The leaves are less dramatic in shape and the wood is very hardy. These are generic growing characteristics of this varietal. Rootstock selection will impact the production, ripening and growth patterns of any varietal material.
Cabernet Franc wine leans to a lighter, crisper taste, softer on the pallet, with a paler color than Cabernet Sauvignon. The aroma is strong and herbal.
Originated in France, The most primitive clones of this grape, called Acheria (Basque for Cabernet Franc) were grown by the church of Roncevalles, founded in the early twelfth century. Cabernet Franc is a parent grape to Cabernet Sauvignon.