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The Picpoul grape is an old, native to the Languedoc region of Southern France where it holds its greatest popularity. More than 90% of all plantings in France are in Languedoc’s Picpoul de Pinet AOC. The name, Piquepol, in french translates as “lip stinger” chosen because of the high acidity it has. Picpoul creates full-bodied wines with grassy and citrus aromas. It is traditionally blended with another rare Languedoc variety, Clairette, producing the forgotten wine Picardin. It is allowed to take part in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape blend of Southern Rhône. It can be found under the name Avello in Spain and Picapoll in Portugal. It thrives in a dry and hot climate which helps the grapes to develop riper, fruitier flavours which balance nicely against the grape’s naturally high acidity.

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