Grapes Used in French Wine - dummies

Grapes Used in French Wine

By Ed McCarthy, Mary Ewing-Mulligan

Part of French Wine For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The variety of grapes (red or white) used for making French wines is usually named for the region in France where it’s grown. Here are some French wine types and the main grape used for making it:

Wine Type Principal Grape(s)
Beaujolais Gamay
Bordeaux (red) Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Bordeaux (white) Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon
Burgundy (red) Pinot Noir
Burgundy (white) Chardonnay
Chablis Chardonnay
Champagne Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Côtes du Rhône Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre
Pouilly-Fuissé Chardonnay
Pouilly-Fumé Sauvignon Blanc
Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc