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Tibouren grapes

by | Mar 7, 2017

Tibouren, also known as Rossese di Dolceacqua is referred to as a black-skinned variety of grape that hails from the region of France.


To be more particular, this red wine grape variety primarily grows in the regions of Provence and Liguria.

However, the origin of this red wine grape variety depicts a different story. The grapes of this grape variety are referred to as intensely aromatic grapes and therefore the resulting wines produced out of them are aromatic as well.

This red wine grape variety is mainly associated with the production and preparation of the famous rose wines.

This red wine grape variety is mostly used as a blending grape variety that is blended with a number of other grapes in order to produce the wines that are tasteful, full-bodied and highly aromatic.

The vines of this red wine grape variety are considered to be very sensitive to coulure and other grape infections.

Wine grape varieties

These vines make extremely uneven yields from vintage to vintage. The vines produced out of this red wine grape range is a local specialty that is found around the regions of Dolceacqua.

The grapes of this red wine grape variety are mostly used as blend, especially in the famous grape varieties such as Cinsaut as well as Grenache and they together produce the beautiful and aromatic rose winces in the Provencal regions.

At the same time, this grape is also able to produce the varietal wines and some of the winemakers mostly extract them into varietals.

The plantation and cultivation of this red wine grape variety are rarely seen outside the regions of France.

This grape is also referred to as a permitted grape variety in a number of AOC wine regions of the Provencal area, specifically in the region of Cotes de Provence AOC.

Apart from this, it is also planted in small quantities in the region of Germany. This grape is mostly blended with Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan as well as Cabernet Sauvignon.

This grape variety is a little difficult grape variety to cultivate. This is because of the irregularity of the harvest yields that this variety produces.

Thus, this is one of the reasons why this grape variety is mostly used as a blending grape rather than being a varietal grape variety.

This red wine grape variety is known under a number of synonyms such as Anitboulen, antibois, Antinourin, Geysserin, Rossese di Dolceacqua, Tibourin, Tibouren noir, Sarreiron, Tiboulen, Tiboulin, Rosese and many others.

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Today, this red wine grape variety is mainly associated with the wine region of Provence. However, this grape variety is not a native to Provence.

This grape variety entertains a Greek origin or it may have originated in the regions of the Middle East. The unique shaped leaves of this grape variety are very much similar to the leaves of the grapes that are grown in the regions of Middle East.

A number of studies reveal that the ancestors of this red wine grape variety were brought to the regions of Greece and from there it was introduced in the regions of France by the ancient Greeks at their settlement in the region of Marseilles.


This red wine grape variety is mainly associated with the production of red rose wines. The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety is considered to be full-bodied that come with an earthy note.

In terms of their level of acidity as well as tannins, the wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are considered to be decent on the table.

The grape of this red wine grape variety is mostly associated with the production of blending wines because of its characteristic of low yields.

However, some winemakers also experiment this grape variety in terms of the production of the red varietal wines.

The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are considered to be rose wines that are earthy and highly aromatic.

Food pairing

All the wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are best paired with food items such as grilled sausages, smoked vegetables as well as dried fruits.


Michael Bredahl

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