Cabernet, a red varietal widely diffused throughout the Italian peninsula was known to the ancient Romans as Biturica, named after a tribe in France’s Gironde. In the 18th century, it is said that the varietal known as Uva Francesca was proably a Cabernet. May refer to Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc. Oftentimes, if you see “Cabernet” on the label, the wine is a “blend” of Sauvignon or Franc. If the bottle contains less than the required 85% of one or the other Cabernet varietal, only the word Cabernet may appear on the label in Europe and other countries where the 85% rule applies.