Grape Varieties by Appellation – AOP Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Below are grape varieties that conform to AOP Châteauneuf-du-Pape 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.

AOP « Châteauneuf-du-Pape »
Red & White Bourboulenc, Brun Argenté (locally called vaccarèse), Cinsaut, Clairette, Clairette Rose, Counoise, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Muscardin, Picardan, Piquepoul Blanc, Piquepoul Gris, Piquepoul Noir, Roussanne, Syrah, Terret Noir. N/A
 The wines of the  Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC are still, dry wines.

The grapes used for Red and White wines may come from a list of eighteen approved varieties.  Unlike other appellations, the percentage by variety is not specified nor are the varieties defined to a specific color of wine.
The Grenache is the dominant grape in  Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

The red wines are are powerful and well-structured with a much
complexity and a long finish.  The red wines are particularly well-suited for cellaring.

The white wines are mostly made from grapes Grenache Blanc, Clairette, and Roussanne.  The whites are large, expressive, with good aromatic freshness.
Rosé N/A  N/A  
White Same as Red above  N/A