Petit Verdot buds early and ripens late. It is fertile and fairly productive. Petit Verdot prefers gravel soils and is sensitive to drought. The variety grows small berries with thick skins. In cold weather, the vine may grow small green seedless berries. These are generic growing characteristics of this varietal. Rootstock selection will impact the production, ripening and growth patterns of any varietal material.
When fully ripe, the flavor and aroma of Petit Verdot wine is powerful, rich, and often spicy. The wine is high in alcohol, acidity, and tannins, and deeply colored.
Petit Verdot is from the Gironde in south-west France.
It is first mentioned in 1736 in Bordeaux, and likely from domesticated wild grapes