Definition - What does Colombard mean?
Colombard is the most widely planted grape in the state of California. It is not cultivated to make quality wines, but more for the bulk wine market.
Universally, Colombard is the world's most-used blending grape next to Ugni Blanc. It has the ability to soften wines and add refreshing notes.
WineFrog explains Colombard
The Colombard grape is a white grape variety and an offspring of Gouais Blanc and Chenin Blanc. It originates from the regions of Gascony and Charentes where it was traditionally grown for the distillation of Armagnac and Cognac.
Colombard in France
Today in France, it is the most widely planted white varietal, especially on the west coast. As a blending grape, it is interesting because of its ability to maintain its acidity even when grown in hot and dry regions. It is commonly blended with Sauvignon Blanc and holds an IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée) status from the region of Cotes de Gascogne.
Colombard in California
In California, it is used to make fruity wines in both dry and sweet styles for jug wines.
Colombard Around the World
Colombard is also grown in South Africa where it is locally called Colombar and is also found in Australia, Thailand and Israel.