The Petit Verdot red wine grape variety is typically used in classic Bordeaux blends, the thick - skinned berries of which are valued for their depth of colour. Its name reflects the characteristics of this variety. ‘Petit’ indicates the small size of these berries and ‘verdot’ roughly translates to ‘green one’, which points to the under - ripening property of this variety. Because this variety ripens much later than other varieties in Bordeaux, many growers have shifted to other grape varieties. When this grape does finally ripen, it is used to add small amounts of colour, flavour and tannins to the wine blend. It ripens faster in the New World and thus is used to create single varietal wines. This variety has smaller and thicker berries, making it particularly resistant to rot and diseases. Pair Petit Verdot wines with deep fried pork on rice, lentil soup with smoked ham hock and Austrian bean stew to enjoy a delicious meal.