Used for blending with other grapes, it usually isn’t used for making varietal wines. It is quite a vigorous grape and most of the time, it is planted on very fertile.

Colour: Golden-white berries

Frequency: 40000 ha worldwide

Synonym(s): California and Texas called it the “French Colombard”.

Various in France such as “Colombier” (Gironde), “Blanquette” (Tarn et Garonne), etc.

Origin: Charentes (France)

Maturity: 2nd period

Sensitivity to diseases: Powdery mildew, grey rot.

Area(s) Cultivated: hot climates

France→ Charentes, Gironde (Bordeaux).

Worldwide→ USA (California, Texas), South Africa, Australia, Mexico, Israel


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Type of Wines [ Profile ]

Spirit such as Cognac and Armagnac in France.


Facts and tips:

  • Used to be confused with Semillon grape variety.
  • Ugni Blanc and the Folle Blanche grape varieties are its adversaries. It is why the Colombard declines in France in term of area planted.
  • This grape is used for making AOP Cognac and Armagnac.
  • White AOP of Bordeaux such as: Entre-Deux-Mers, Blayais, Bourgeais, etc.
  • 2nd white grape variety, after the Chardonnay, planted in California.