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Arrouya grapes

by | Dec 30, 2017

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In France, different grape varieties are developed and cultivated such as Arrouya, which is grown exactly in the Jurancon wine region.

Arrouya grapes

This grape variety is commonly mistaken with Cabernet Franc, Fer as well as Manseng Noir, which are also from the same country.

Arrouya is popular under names such as Dourec Noir, Eremachaoua both from Bearn as well as Exematxahua from Pays Basque.

Wines with Arrouya grapes


This old variety from the Jurancon region in the Pyrenees Atlantiques in southwestern France was first mentioned as early as 1783.

The name Arrouya derived from the Bearnese dialect word arrouy meaning red. The ampelographers consider Arrouya as similar to Camarou Noir, Fer and Petit Courbu, also belongs to the Carmenet experts group together with Cabernet Franc and this is the reason why Arrouya was frequently confused with Cabernet Franc up to the end of the 19th century.

Characteristics of Arrouya

Arrouya is a late ripening grape variety which is also difficult to ripe in some other years. Leaves are orbicular, whole or 3-lobed with shallow sinuses.

The young leaves have green bronze patches. The edge of the young shoot has a thick coat of flat-lying hairs

It produces small berries bunches that make it more susceptible to powdery mildew as well as black rot as well as botrytis bunch out.

Wine grape varieties

Characteristics of Arrouya Wine

The unique vines of Arrouya can still be occasionally found mixed with plantings of Camarou Blanc and Camarou Noir in the old vineyards of Jurancon region.

The wines produced from this grape variety are most likely to be pale, acidic and sometimes astringent or bitter.

Food Pairings

The white wines of Arrouya are scrumptious and easy to match with foods. Most of these Arrouya wines are great to be paired with shellfish, all types of fish, oysters, clams, mussels, sushi, veal, chicken and port.

Tremendous food pairings can actually bring happiness not only to old and regular wine drinkers but also to beginners.


Michael Bredahl

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