Chambourcin red wine variety

Chambourcin is a French Hybrid red wine grape variety which has only been available since the 1960s.

Chambourcin red wine from Cambewarra Estate on the South Coast of New south Wales
French hybrids are produced by crossing a variety of the European grape vine Vitis vinifera with an American vine species. The resulting vines have higher disease and pest resistance, but the wines produced often have an unusual or 'foxy' flavour.

The major motivation for producing French Hybrids was to rebuild the European wine industry after the devastation caused by the phylloxera pest. Now most vineyards are planted on resistant rootstocks as the phylloxera louse attacks the roots rather than the top of the plant.

Chambourcin is perhaps the most successful of the French Hybrids and is certainly the most widely used in Australia.

This variety is especially resistant to fungal diseases so it is not surprising that it is most at home in the more humid regions of Coastal NSW, including the Hunter Valley and Queensland. John Cassegrain in the Hastings River Wine Region is credited with pioneering this variety in Australia.

Chambourcin wines are deeply coloured and fruity, but tend to finish short. The 'foxy' flavour common to American Vitis varieties and hybrids can be detected in some, but not all, Australian Chambourcins.

Some producers use the variety for sparkling reds, pinks and it is also used successfully for port style wines.

Australian Producers of Chambourcin Wines

201 Wines Hunter Valley | Alderley Creek Wines Estate Northern Rivers Zone | Allandale Hunter Valley | Allyn River Wines Hunter Valley | Apthorpe Estate Hunter Valley | Australian Old Vine Wines Riverland | Bago Vineyards Hastings River | Bawley Vale Estate Shoalhaven Coast | Beelgara Estate Riverina | Benwarin Wines Hunter Valley | Blowfly Wines Northern Slopes Zone | Boatshed Vineyard Hunter Valley | Brierley Wines Queensland Zone | Bunjurgen Estate Queensland Zone | Cambewarra Estate Shoalhaven Coast | Calais Estate Hunter Valley | Canolobas-Smith Orange | Canungra Valley Queensland Coastal | Capercaillie Hunter Valley | Cassegrain Hastings River | Catspaw Farm Granite Belt | Cedar Creek Estate Queensland Coastal | Coolangatta Estate Shoalhaven Coast | Cooper wines Hunter Valley | Crane Wines South Burnett | Creeks Edge Wines Mudgee | Crooked River Wines Shoalhaven Coast | Cupitt's Winery Shoalhaven Coast | D'Arenberg McLaren Vale | Dayleswood Winery Riverina | Divers Luck Wines Northern Rivers Zone | Douglas Vale Hastings River | Eumundi Winery Queensland Coastal | Fairview Wines Hunter Valley | Fern Gully Winery Shoalhaven Coast | Friday Creek Resort Northern Rivers Zone | Frog Rock Mudgee | Gowrie Mountain Estate Darling Downs | Great Lakes Wines Northern Rivers Zone | Humphries Estate Shoalhaven Coast | Inlam Estate Northern Rivers Zone | Ivanhoe Wines Hunter Valley | Kingsley Grove South Burnett | Long Point Vineyard Hastings River | Lyrebird Ridge Organic Winery South Coast Zone | Major's Line Hunter Valley | Maleny Mountain Wines Queensland Coastal | Maroochy Springs Queensland Coastal | Mopoke Ridge Winery Shoalhaven Coast | Mount Eyre Vineyards Hunter Valley | Mountain Ridge South Coast Zone | Mudgee Wines Mudgee | Nightingale Wines Hunter Valley | Noosa Valley Winery Queensland Coastal | Nowra Hill Vineyard Shoalhaven Coast | Normanby Wines Queensland Zone | Oak Works Riverland | Oakvale Hunter Valley | O'Regan Creek Vineyard and Winery Queensland Coastal | Petersons Glenesk Estate Mudgee | Raleigh Wines Northern Rivers Zone | Ridgeview Wines Hunter Valley | Roselea Estate Shoalhaven Coast | Rothbury Ridge Hunter Valley | Seven Mile Vineyard Shoalhaven Coast | Sherwood Estate Hastings River | Sirromet Queensland Coastal | Southern Highland Wines Southern Highlands | St Petrox Hunter Valley | Stonehurst Cedar Creek Hunter Valley | Stroud Valley Wines Northern Rivers Zone | Tamburlaine Hunter Valley | Tawonga Vineyard Alpine Valleys | Tilba Valley South Coast Zone | Tinonnee Vineyard Hunter Valley | Twin Oaks Queensland Coastal | Two Tails Wines Northern Rivers Zone | Undercliff Hunter Valley | Villa d'Esta Vineyard Northern Rivers Zone | Wallambah Vale Wines Northern Rivers Zone | Wright Family Wines Hunter Valley | Yarraman Estate Hunter Valley | Yarrawa Estate Shoalhaven Coast
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See this readers question and my answer about the correct temperature to serve Chambourcin.

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