Profile: Frédérique Pelsy

Research Scientist

I am a research scientist at the French National Institute for Agronomical Research and currently head the Grapevine Health and Wine Quality research unit at INRA Colmar, France.
I have been investigating the mechanisms leading to diversity within wine grape varieties since 1999. I am focused on polymorphisms that arise during the drift of the clones, such as those based on the movement of mobile elements in the plant genome. I have published several articles on this topic.

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Why Your Pinot Noir is Actually a Pinot Blanc

The diversity within grapevine varieties is incredibly rich. This is good news for viticulturists – grape cultivators – and wine makers because it allows them to adapt their wine production according to the conditions in their vineyards and to the wines they want to make. Pinot is one of the most ancient grapevine varieties and the Pinot family is an invaluable source for the production of a wide range of wines from around the world. There’s the Pinot noir from Burgundy, California or New Zealand, Pinot Meunier in Champagne, Pinot gris in Alsace or Pinot blanc in Italy.

Category: Wine

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