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Chasselas de Fontainebleau is perhaps the oldest known cultivated grape variety. It probably originated in Asia Minor. Some think that the Phoenicians were responsible for transporting it from the Mediterranean into Spain, across the Rhône Valley of southern France and into Italy. Chasselas is quite widespread in Switzerland, where it is planted in almost half of the vineyards. It is also grown in Austria, Germany, and Italy, in Australia and New Zealand.

Classic Image of Chasselas (Chasselas de Fontainebleau) Grape

Marsanne from 'Ampélographie française', by Victor Rendu. Paris, 1857. Ampelographies describe and often illustrate grape varieties. The hand-coloured lithographs of Eugene Grobon make this book possibly the most prized of the great ampelographies of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Marsanne white grape, its history, wines, and food pairings

Oulliade from 'Ampélographie française', by Victor Rendu. Paris, 1857. Ampelographies describe and often illustrate grape varieties. The hand-coloured lithographs of Eugene Grobon make this book possibly the most prized of the great ampelographies of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Grapes and Wines of the World

Merlot from 'Ampélographie française', by Victor Rendu. Paris, 1857. Ampelographies describe and often illustrate grape varieties. The hand-coloured lithographs of Eugene Grobon make this book possibly the most prized of the great ampelographies of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Grapes and Wines of the World

Classic Image of Chenin Blanc GrapesChenin Blanc originated in Anjou, in the Loire Valley of northwestern France. It was known as far back as the Ninth Century and later expanded into the Rhône Valley in eastern France. In addition to France, Chenin Blanc is grown in Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, in particular in California, where it has taken a back seat to Chardonnay. It is the most widely planted white grape variety in South Africa, where it is called…

Chenin blanc white grape, its history, wines, and food pairings

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Grapes of the Rhone Valley: Picardan

Albillo Castellano

Albillo Castellano

Muscadelle from 'Ampélographie française', by Victor Rendu. Paris, 1857. Ampelographies describe and often illustrate grape varieties. The hand-coloured lithographs of Eugene Grobon make this book possibly the most prized of the great ampelographies of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Grapes and Wines of the World

Petit chiraz from 'Ampélographie française', by Victor Rendu. Paris, 1857. Ampelographies describe and often illustrate grape varieties. The hand-coloured lithographs of Eugene Grobon make this book possibly the most prized of the great ampelographies of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Grapes and Wines of the World

Classic Image of Sauvignon Blanc (Sauvignon) Grapes  Sauvignon Blanc probably originated in the Bordeaux region of southwestern France and was well known by the Seventeenth Century. Sauvignon Blanc is a major variety in the Bordeaux region of France and in the Sancerre and Pouilly regions in the eastern Loire Valley of France. In a classic marketing ploy, Robert Mondavi, the famous California winemaker called this variety Fumé Blanc when he very successfully popularized it in the 1960s.

Sauvignon Blanc white grape, its history, wines, and food pairings

Jhoannisberg / Sylvaner gros Rhin

Jhoannisberg / Sylvaner gros Rhin

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