Green Grape, noun phrase

Forms:
Frequently with small initials.
Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Translation of Afrikaans groendruif, groen green + druif grape; see second quotation, 1988.
A local name for the white grape variety known in France as ‘Sémillon’; Groen Druif.
1880 S.W. Silver & Co.’s Handbk to S. Afr. 222The most common vines, from which..ninety-nine per cent of the Cape wine is manufactured, are..Green grape (both black and white), Steen grape, [etc.].
1880 S.W. Silver & Co.’s Handbk to S. Afr. 223The Red Wine called Pontac receives its colour and flavour from the grape. At Constantia this wine is never made till the grape has so far shrivelled up that it contains very little juice. This is supplied, in the best kinds of wine, by the addition of red Muscadel; but in the vineyards..where the bulk of the Pontac is made, the green grape is used to supply the deficiency, and the result is a wine of inferior quality.
1966 H. Beck Meet Cape Wines (2nd ed.) 10When I first took an interest in our vineyards many years ago they were planted in the table wine areas mainly with French grape, green grape and hermitage.
1966 H. Beck Meet Cape Wines (2nd ed.) 11The green grape, on a process of selection from the vineyard and development in the winery, is today producing some wine of quality and character and making a valuable contribution to blends of other wines.
1981 J. Doxat Indispensable Drinks Bk 53Another widely planted white wine grape is, curiously, the Palomino of Jerez, known here, even more curiously, as ‘the French grape’. Semillon is known as ‘the green grape’, rather more logically.
1988 D. Hughes et al. Complete Bk of S. Afr. Wine 47Certain local cultivars are the same as the European varieties: for example, Steen has been identified as Chenin Blanc, Hanepoot as Muscat d’Alexandrie, White French as Palomino, and Green Grape as Sémillon, while the red wine grape Hermitage was found to be the same grape as Cinsaut (in France Cinsault).
1988 D. Hughes et al. Complete Bk of S. Afr. Wine 99The leaves of the Green Grape..are in the early growing season much lighter than those of most other vines.
A local name for the white grape variety known in France as ‘Sémillon’; Groen Druif.

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