(There is very little documentation on this grape so if you have any further information that we can add, please let us know)
Residence: South West France, California
Though it is slowyly being removed from vineyards in this area it is still by French wine law allowed in Cotesdu Marmandais and it is also made into some red Vin de Pays of the south west.
|Color of berry skin:||Rouge|
|Also called:||Early Burgundy|
|Notable regions:||California, France|
Abouriou is a red wine grape grown primarily in South West France and, in small quantities, in California. It is a blending grape that along with Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Fer, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Gamay is used to make the French wine Côtes du Marmandais. Though it shares several synonyms with the Beaujolais grape Gamay, the two grapes do not share many characteristics. In California, the grape is sometimes called Early Burgundy as another allusion to the Gamay grape. The vine produces high yields and vigorous growth with a relatively high resistance to disease. It tends to bud and ripen early. The grape is known for its low acidity and high tannin content.
A good example of a wine that uses the Abouriou grape is the Domaine Elian Da Ros Clos Baquey.