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Aragnan Blanc grapes

by | Dec 28, 2017

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Aragnan Blanc or the so called Picardan is a white wine grape variety permitted as a blending grape in the Rhone region.

Aragnan Blanc grapes

In France, different varieties are grown and cultivated; Aragnan Blanc is one of these varieties although a small amount is planted.

The Aragnan Blanc or Picardan was listed previously as Oeillade Blanche in the Vitis International Variety Catalogue, but now identified as Araignan as its primary name.

Wines with Aragnan Blanc grapes


Aragnan Blanc is an old grape variety from Provence, the southern part of France and was used to be cultured in Var, Vaucluse, Grad, Herault as well as in Vallee du Rhone.

The former names of this grape variety were first recorded in the year 1544; however, the name Picardan was used for Bourboulenc and the Oeillades was referred to as Clairette.

The synonym Picardan was derived from the French terms piquer which means to sting and ardent, which means burning.

Another synonym Araignan came from the French word araignee which means spider in reference to the spider web – like hairs on the underside of the leaves.

Characteristics of Aragnan Blanc

Aragnan Blanc bears big bunches and berries and is mid ripening and are is best to be pruned shortly and trained vertically.

The vines are sensitive due to lack of magnesium yet can adapt to hot, dry and low-fertility sites.

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Characteristics of Aragnan Blanc Wines

Aragnan Blanc is one of the permitted thirteen blending grapes from Provence and also the name of the historical white wine from Languedoc.

The wine is sweetish in character exchanged during the 17th and 18th centuries and was supposedly produced from Clairette Blanche and Piquepoul Blanc.

Most of the wines of Aragnan Blanc are moderate in terms of alcohol and acidity and the variety’s famous home is Chateauneuf-du-Pape, in southern France.

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