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Wine Time period: Teinturier Grapes

What’s a Teinturier Grape?

A teinturier grape is purple wine grape with darkish skins and flesh. In distinction, common purple wine grapes have darkish skins, however clear flesh. Fittingly, the phrase “teinturier” comes from the French “to dye or stain.”

Teinturier grapes aren’t a standard sight within the winery.


Wait, Pink Wine Grapes Have Clear Juice?

Certainly! It’s really the grape pores and skin that creates the colour of the wine.

When the skins are soaked in juice, anthocyanin (colour pigment) is launched, actually staining the wine consequently. For that purpose, we are able to have things like rosé (restricted pores and skin contact) and white Pinot Noir (zero pores and skin contact–made like a white wine.)

Although, like most issues in wine, there’s an exception to the rule. It’s close to unimaginable to make a white Syrah or Cabernet Sauvignon because the skins stain the juice nearly instantly, consequently making a not white wine. Included on this group of “at all times purple” wines are teinturier grapes with darkish skins and purple flesh.

Why Do Teinturier Grapes Exist?

It’s a pure mutation. It’s thought that these red-fleshed grapes have been grown so as to add visible depth to Aramon wine. Aramon (which continues to be in existence right now) is a extremely productive, mildew-resistant purple wine selection from Languedoc-Roussillon.

Starting within the 19th Century and spanning into the 1960s, Aramon was supposedly France’s most generally grown grape. Sadly, it was grown for high quality (not amount) and largely discovered its manner into low-cost, easy-drinking rosé. Womp womp.

Teinturier Grapes Chambourcin, Saperavi, Alicante Bouschet Illustration by Wine Folly

three Examples of Teinturier Grapes

Alicante Bouschet

If you happen to already knew about teinturier grapes, that is probably the grape you had in thoughts! Initially cultivated in 1866 so as to add visible depth to Aramon, Alicante is thought for producing being deep, darkish purple wines when used alone. It hasn’t at all times loved the very best of reputations. (At all times the blender, by no means the blendee, eh, Alicante?) Nevertheless, that’s altering quick in Spain and Portugal the place it’s made into textured wines with wealthy blackberry flavors and spice notes.


The pleasure of Georgia (the nation, not the state) and broadly planted all through the previous Soviet Republic, this teinturier grape makes, yep, you guessed it, deep, darkish purple wines with ample acidity. In contrast to Alicante, Saperavi is usually referred to as a single-varietal wine with finer examples boasting age-worthy potential. It’s the wine you need if you’re chowing down on a stuffed, meaty pasta.


(“Sham-boor-sin”) Not solely is cold-resistant Chambourcin a teinturier grape, it’s additionally a French-American hybrid! (Good ol’ North American melting pot!) You could have observed a “deep and darkish” sample with these wines, however Chambourcin is definitely extra akin to Cabernet Franc. If you will get your fingers on it, count on strong black cherry flavors, together with some tobacco and inexperienced pepper notes. It might even change your opinion of wines produced from hybrid grapes…


Historical past of Teinturier: Robinson, Jancis, The Oxford Companion to Wine, pg. 13, 31, 645-646, 732


By Vincent Rendoni
I am a spicy meatball who loves light-bodied reds, fragrant whites, video video games, and for higher or worse, Seattle sports activities groups. I used to be an enormous fan of Wine Folly earlier than being employed, so I assume you might say I am residing the dream.