This grape variety is used more as a table grape.
Colour: Light green to amber yellow berries.
Synonym(s): Various synonyms, but the most common are “mornen” in Rhône (France), “fendant roux” or “fendant vert” in Switzerland, and finally in Germany it is called “weisser gutedel”.
Origin: Different possibilities are explored such as the Maconnais (France) where there is a town called Chasselas. As well Switzerland, Egypt, the middle East are suggested theories.
Maturity: First period
Sensitivity to diseases: This grape variety is extremely sensitive to temperature variation. As far as diseases, it is sensitive to downy mildew and powdery mildew.
Area(s) Cultivated: Sandy soils.
France→ Alsace, Haute Savoie, Ardèche, Var, Haute Garonne
Europe→ Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Ukraine, Albania, Italy, Spain, Portugal.
Worldwide→ Russia, Turkey, Algeria, USA (California), Chile, Israel, Lebanon, New Zealand.
Type of Wines [ Profile ]
Light bodied white wines with good acidity , they age well.
Facts and tips:
- Most planted grape in Switzerland. (6000 ha)
- Often blended with Sauvignon blanc, Pinot blanc or Pinot gris.