Below are grape varieties that conform to AOP Costières de Nîmes classification. Varieties identified in black are red (also called “black”) grapes and those in green are white grapes. Other colors (e.g. rose and grey) are identified in the text.

The proportion by grape variety (specified below) refers to the percentage of the total area of the vineyard that must to be planted with a specific variety (referred to as *encépagement*). Some AOP/AOC regulations will also specify a proportion of the blend (referred to as *assemblage*) for a given color of wine in order to be classified as an AOP/AOC wine.

COLOR OF WINE | PRINCIPAL VARIETIES | SECONDARY VARIETIES | NOTES: |
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AOP « Costières de Nîmes » | |||

Red | Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah | Accessory Varieties: Carignan, Cinsaut, Marselan | The proportion of the combination of principal varieties must be greater than or equal to 60% of the total of all varieties.
The proportion of Mouvèdre and Syrah must be greater than or equal to 20% of the total of all varieties. The proportion of Marselan must be less than or equal to 10% of the total of all varieties. |

Rosé | Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah | Accessory Varieties: Carignan, Cinsaut, Marselan | The proportion of the combination of principal varieties must be greater than or equal to 60% of the total of all varieties.
The proportion of Mouvèdre and Syrah must be greater than or equal to 20% of the total of all varieties. The proportion of Marselan must be less than or equal to 10% of the total of all varieties. Rosés may use varieties destined for white wine as long as proportion is less than or equal to 20% of the total. |

White | Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne |
Accessory Varieties: Bourboulenc, Clairette, Macabeu, Vermentino, Viognier | The proportion of principal varieties must include as two principal varieties and any single principal variety must be less than or equal to 80% of the total.
The proportion of the principal varieties must be greater than or equal to 50% of the total of all varieties. The proportion of Viognier must be less than or equal to 20% of the total of all varieties. |

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