The subtler and more delicate of the Cabernets, Cabernet Franc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. While both are important grapes in modern day, high quality Bordeaux, interestingly, Cabernet Franc most likely originated from the Basque region of France sometime during the middle 1600?s. Today Cabernet Franc produces outstanding single varietal wines across the wine producing world, with some of its most classic examples from France?s?Loire Valley, in the regions of?Chinon,?Bourgueil?and?Saumur-Champigny. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc performs quite well in parts of?California,?New York?and?Virginia. It is also a great blending grape.