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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  • 5 Barrel Oak Winery Bowhaus Red 2010


    A 2010 Red blend of Chambourcin, Merlot, Syrah and Malbec. Good opaque color with very tight rim variation. Dark fruit hints of cherry and blackberry with a mid-finish and fine acidity. Best served slightly chilled @ 62 degrees. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Creekbend Vineyard Chambourcin 2008


    I was very excited to try this wine. I have never heard of, let alone tried ... of these hybrid grapes and Chambourcin seemed to be the most versetal of the group. This wine has a powerful aroma full of dark fruits; raspberry and currant, with a sweet moca undertone. The color was an amazing dark ruby red. This wine has good balance with soft ... Read More

    Wine review by snglmltrblnd84

  • Today I had the opportunity to try multiple wines from a great Hoosier winery, The Oliver Winery. Oliver's new Honey Wine line (the replacement of the harvest flavors), a few from the Creekbend Vineyard, and Some of Oliver's premium  Cabernet Sauvignon Valdiguie and Gewurztraminer, as well as my first ice wine. I must say that this new line of h... Read More

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  • Yellow Farmhouse Vineyard Chambourcin Rouge 2005


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    Wine review by dayres22

  • So last fall my former brother-in-law (we remain great friends) brought some ... and recently a post from a Chambourcin drinker from Missouri.  Some of the wines they carry are hybrids, some are non-vinifera, but there's a viognier, pinot grigio, a cab franc and a cab sauvignon, among others, as well as the native muscardine, which was used in... Read More

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  • Narmada Winery Midnight 2010


    Great for sangria. Read More

    Wine review by k5weet

  • Deer Run Winery Chambourcin 2006


    2007 vintage, medium bodied, medium-purple color similar to a Merlot, light aroma similar to a Pinot Noir, sour cherries and a bit of oak, lingering finish like a sour ball candy, not bad. Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo

  • Allegro Vineyards Chambourcin NV


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    Wine review by firehorse5

  • Keels Creek Signature Red NV


    Brick red color. Aromas of young tannins, pepper, and dark berry. Unexpected fruit forward taste. Light to medium bodied with hints of strawberries and cherries with an unbalanced finish very high in acidity. Read More

    Wine review by tabednar

  • Williams Greek Winery Chambourcin 2010


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    Wine review by Koren

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