Little is known about the exact parentage of Chambourcin. It was a hybrid developed by Joannes Seibel in the Loire Valley of France, based on a number of undetermined Native American species and Seibel hybrids. Released in the early 1960s, plantings increased steadily in the cool coastal Nantes region of the western Loire Valley in France.

Although no longer a recommended varietal under French wine law, it is still widely grown in the Nantes, a region dominated by pale white wines. Today there are over 9,000 acres planted in the Loire, made into both rosés; and red table wine. It is not surprising that this high-yielding, cold hardy cultivar has made its way across the pond to the cooler-climate areas of North America. It has been planted in America since the 1970s, where it is found mostly in the northeast and midwest, as well as in Canada. Chambourcin also maintains a presence in Australia, notably in the humid conditions of the Hunter Valley. It is extremely vigorous and disease-resistant.

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  • Valenzano Chambourcin 2005


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    Wine review by trish0315

  • South River Vineyard Merlot Blend Grand River Valley Trinity 2007


    I really like this blend. Don't quite know how but the Chambourcin, Franc, and Pinot Noir work so well together. Full of subtle flavors and perfectly suited to a warm summer's night. Read More

    Wine review by SLACKS

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    The same formula as the Picnic Red, the winemaker describes this as being made in a "different style." It is definitely aged longer, and has stronger oaking with some nice notes of toast in the nose and mouth. Nice notes of fruit on the palate, possibly blackberry, although no one fruit stood out for me. It has that tangy "bite" at the end th... Read More

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    This wine is a blend of Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Lemberger and Chambourcin and is aged in French Oak. Its a full-bodied red, and on tasting my first thought was Interesting, but probably needs to be aged a bit. As it turns out, I was right. The tasting notes indicate that while it can be drunk immediately, it can also be saved for a few years.... Read More

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    blend, primarily Chambourcin, this is a semi-sweet red. A relatively new wine, it was first introduced in December 2004. The color is a rich dark red, and the nose has a rich fruitiness. The sweetness adds a light touch without being overpowering; mellow and silky, theres a slightly fruity finish (the tasting notes indicate Raspberry). Its a... Read More

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