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Colombard white wine variety

Colombard is used to make blended and varietal white wines in many Australian wine regions.

Colombard is a white wine variety that is used extensively in the Charente region of South Western France, mainly for material to be distilled for Cognac, a role it shares with Ugni Blanc aka Trebbiano. See this map to find where the Charente wine region is located.

But it has a wider role in South West France where it is often used for blended wines. It is also quite popular in California and South Africa. There is an unrelated rare Swiss white wine variety called Colombaud.

In Australia, Colombard is the fifth ranking white wine variety in terms of volume produced, but almost all of the wine is sold, mostly in blends, as generic cask wine.

The attraction of varieties like Colombard is that they are capable of producing heavy crops of grapes. Under these conditions it is inevitable that the resulting wine will lack flavour and body.

The exception perhaps is Primo Estate whose La Biondina Colombard is highly regarded. This further reinforces the point that many varieties with a reputation for producing large volumes of ordinary wine, with care and skill in the vineyard and winery, can be capable of producing interesting wine.

Australian Producers of White wine

  • Angoves Winery Riverland
  • Banderra Estate Central Ranges Zone
  • De Bortoli Riverina
  • Pinelli Swan Valley
  • Pirramimma McLaren Vale
  • Primo Estate Adelaide Plains
  • Salena Estate Riverland
  • Steels Creek Estate Yarra Valley
  • Trentham Estate Murray Darling
Updated 17 December 2018

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