What is Botrytis? Print
 

Q: What is Botrytis?

A: Botrytis Cinera, also known as "Noble Rot" is a form of rot. However, this rot can be used to the benefit of the winemaker, in order to create sweet wines. Botrytis takes water from the grapes thus concentrating sugars (so the grape shrivels like a raisin). This adds unique flavours to the resultant wine. However, the rot is never uniform so grapes often have to be picked individually from the vine - thus making sweet wines made from botrytised grapes relatively expensive.