A wine variety developed at the UC Davis campus by crossing Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Carignan. The intention was to produce a Cabernet style wine that could be grown in the Central Valley. Carignan and Grenache are well suited to the Central Valley climate, but Cabernet Sauvignon requires a cooler growing location. As in the case of Ruby Cabernet, it was thought that the result of the cross might retain the quality of Cabernet wine and the viticultural characteristics of the other two varieties. Centurion hasn’t yet seen widespread acceptance, but the variety is a definite improvement over most traditional Central Valley varieties.