Colombard is one of the grapes used in both Cognac and Armagnac. As a table wine, it is hugely popular in California, where it was once known as French Colombard. Today, French growers are producing light, fragrant whites of their own.
Colombard makes delightfully crisp, dry whites with a leafy, spring blossom fragrance and fresh green apple flavors. In South Africa and Australia, where it has become a favorite for winemakers, the grape displays more racy tropical fruit characteristics.
Light and dry offering notes of peach and citrus
Wines to Try
Domaine La Rieste, Bersig Estate
Cognac, Armagnac, Napa Valley, Murray River
French Colombard, Colombar
- In California in the 1980s, Colombard was the state's No.1 grape, and in South Africa - under the name of Colombar - it was the 2nd most important grape variety until the late 1990s.
- If you like Colombard, you might also like: Chenin Blanc - another crisp, dry refreshing white grown widely in South Africa and the Loire; Sauvignon Blanc - grassy, leap-from-the-glass aromas and a refreshing quality.