Semillon [sem-ee-yon]

Definition: The principal grape of white Bordeaux and Sauternes. Used to make sweet or dry wines. Usually blended with sauvignon blanc. Also called Chevrier.

Grown primarily in: Australia, France (Bordeaux, Sauternes and Loire), New Zealand, South Africa and United States

Best Climate: Warm to Hot

Winemaking: Usually blended with sauvignon blanc, sometimes with chardonnay. Mostly fermented and aged in stainless steel, some wines see oak.

Nose: Figs, citrus, honey, floral, nutty.

Mouth: Light to medium body, medium to strong acids. Full-bodied when made sweet.

Note: In Australia this is also known as Hunter Riesling. In South Africa, it's called Groensdruift (green grape).

Your Guide to the Varietal Grape

Varietal Facts

Select any varietal on the list below to learn the facts!

Barbera Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay
Gamay Gamay Beaujolais
Gerwurztraminer Malbec
Merlot Nebbiolo
Petite Sirah Petite Verdot
Pinot Blanc Pinot Meunier
Pinot Noir Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc Sangiovese
Semillon Syrah
Viognier Zinfandel