Abouriou is a red wine grape grown primarily in South West France and, in small quantities, in California. It is a blending grape that along with Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Fer, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Gamay is used to make the French wine Côtes du Marmandais. Though it shares several synonyms with the Beaujolais grape Gamay, the two grapes do not share many characteristics. In California, the grape is sometimes called Early Burgundy as another allusion to the Gamay grape. The vine produces high yields and vigorous growth with a relatively high resistance to disease. It tends to bud and ripen early. The grape can also be found as a varietal in some Vin de pays wines. The grape is known for its low acidity and high tannin content.
Grape Colour: Black
Also called: Beaujolais, Early Burgunder, Early Burgundy, Gamay Beaujolais, Gamay Du Rhone, Gamay St. Laurent, Malbec Argente, Negret de la Canourgue, Noir Hatif, Plant Abouriou, Plant Précoce, Précoce Nauge, Précoce Noir and Pressac de Bourgogne
Origin: Southwest France
Major regions: California, France