Black Queen

Black Queen is a hybrid obtained by Zenbei Kawakami (1868-1944) at Iwanohara Winery in Niigata Perfecture in Japan by crossing Baily and Golden Queen. It is known for its deep colour, strong aromas and unique taste.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Black Queen grapes are dark violet in colour and have thick skins. They have intense aromas of strawberries, black currants, cherries and spices. On the palate, the grapes have a full-bodied and tannic structure with a good balance of fruit and acidity.

Fresh Black Queen grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Black Queen is mainly grown in Japan, but can also be found in countries such as Cambodia, Vietnam, Taiwan and Tailand. Black Queen grapes are best grown in hot climates with dry summers and mild winters. The vines are vigorous, late budding and very late ripening with large bunches of medium-sized berries. Black Queen is one of the dozens of vine varieties used for winemaking in Japan and shows a deep ruby colour. Black Queen wines are best enjoyed with hearty dishes such as roast beef, lamb or game. The wines are also well-suited to dishes with strong flavours, such as spice-rubbed chicken or grilled vegetables.

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Fun Fact about Black Queen
Black Queen is a Vitis vinifera, Vitis labrusca and Vitis lincecumii hybrid.

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