ON THE EDGE OF LAND AND SEA
Between land and ocean, the Charentes’ terroir is ideal for wine-growing. Endowed with calcareous soils, and benefiting from a softly-tempered climate, with abundant sunlight and sufficient rain, there is no better setting for vine growth and grape maturation.
Each grape variety confers its own particular aromatic characteristics on Pineau des Charentes.
The white version is made mainly from ugni blanc, colombard, sémillon, sauvignon, montils, merlot noir, merlot blanc, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, jurançon blanc and folle blanche.
Pineau des Charentes red and rosé are made using merlot noir, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc and malbec.
The region’s oceanic climate confers a unique character on the cognac and grape must used to make Pineau des Charentes. Thanks to its proximity to the Atlantic, winters are mild and wet, summers are not excessively hot, and clouds help to keep the sea breezes humid, enabling perfect grape maturation
The appellation area is characterized by a succession of large, rolling sedimentary plains with no drastic differences in relief.
Its soils are highly varied, with a predominance of clay and limestone, as well as sand in coastal areas such as the Ile de Ré and Ile d’Oléron. Pineau des Charentes reflects this rich diversity