Colour: Golden white berries to pinkish at its maturity.
Frequency: 28000 ha worldwide.
Synonym(s): Sometimes called “Sémillon Muscat” in Sauternes.
In South Africa, they called it “Wyndruif” ( meaning vinewine), now you will find it refers as “greengrape”.
In Australia, it is called Hunter River Riesling.
Origin: Sauternes (France) 18th century.
Maturity: 2nd period
Sensitivity to diseases: Vigorous grape but sensitive to grey rot.
Area(s) Cultivated: Foggy and well drained area.
France→ Gironde, Dordogne, Lot et Garonne, Tarne et Garonne, Tarn, Var , Bouche du Rhône, Provence.
Europe→ Switzerland, Italy, eastern Europe such as Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia, etc.
Worldwide→ Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Uruguay, Peru, USA (California, Washington), South Africa, Australia (Tasmania) , New Zealand, Japan
Type of Wines [ Profile ] –
Sweet whites wines such as Sauternes. Sometimes dry white wines (ex: dry Bergerac) or sparkling (ex: Crémant de Bordeaux). When aged, really round wine.
Facts and tips:
- Semillon 2nd white grape variety in France.
- These wines are the longest living white wines in the world.
- Most commonly blend with white Sauvignon blanc and Muscadelle.