Cinsaut or Cinsault

Colour: blue-black berries.

Frequency: approximately 62000 ha area cultivated worldwide.

Synonyms: Many in France “Cinq-Saou” (Languedoc), “Piquepoul d’Uzès” (Beziers), “Plant In d’Arles” (Bouches du Rhone). In South Africa you will find it refers as “Hermitage” , in California as ” Black Malvoisie”, and in Australia “Blue Imperial”.

Origin: Mediterranean area.

Maturity: 2nd period.

Sensitivity to diseases: downy mildew and powdery mildew.

Areas Cultivated: hot and dry climate.


France → Southern part: Languedoc, Provence, Hérault, Gard, Aude, Pyrénnées Orientales, Ardèche, …

Europe→ Italy, Greece, eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Romania).

Internationally→ Morocco, Algeria, South Africa, California, Argentina, Chile, Australia.

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Types of Wines [profile]:

Types of wine: light and refreshing rosé and low tannic reds.

Facts and tips:

  • “Oeillade” is the name given to the table grape of Cinsaut.
  • Often blended with the Carignan, or the Grenache to make red wines
  • One of the 13th grape varietals authorized in Chateau neuf du Pape.
  • Crossed with the Pinot noir it makes the hybrid Pinotage in South Africa.