Cabernet Franc covered over 7,000 hectares of Italian territory by the year 2000.
However, the grape variety is commonly confused with both Cabernet Sauvignon and the ancient Bordeaux grape Carmenere, so it would be challenging to have a precise estimation of the true hectares until more vineyards have been surveyed.
Cabernet Franc is known in Austria as Blaufränkisch, and it’s mostly planted in the far northeast Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. It is also found in the vineyards of the nearby area of Veneto (where it is known as Bordo), as part of some Chianti blends and even as far south as the Puglia region.
Cabernet Franc (“Cab-err-nay fronk”) is a medium-bodied red wine. The wine is an ideal wine to combine with food, and it is loved for its savoury characters, peppers, medium-high acidity, and greedy flavour.
Note that Italians wines often labelled simply as “Cabernet” tend to be primarily Cabernet Franc or a blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.