Semillon {say-mee-YHON} is a white wine grape variety, which originally comes from Bordeaux, France. Semillon is known as the golden-skinned grape which can be made into dry and sweet wines. The wine is usually full-body and the flavors are close to that of Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc varieties. The price for Semillon wines is generally good when compared to the quality that it provides. The grapes can be grown in different climates; this provides the grape a better chance to develop different flavors. In a hot climate Semillon becomes flavors like: mango, peach, papaya and the wines contain more alcohol. In a cool climate the grapes have more acidity and a citrus flavor like: lemon, lime, grapefruit and flower aromas. The wines from cool climates are of a lower-calorie count due to having less alcohol content. France is the leading wine producer of these Semillon grape varieties, producing more than 60 percent of the world’s total production. Other countries which produce Semillon are: Australia, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa.



The La Grolet “Tradition” and “Tète de Cuvée” wines from Château La Grolet are both marked by the distinct, older vine Cabernet Sauvignon that forms the backbone of the wines, even though it represents less than half of the blend. Merlot is the most widely planted grape on Bordeaux’s Right Bank, but these are wines where the Cabernet seems to play the starring role.

Domaine St. Anne’s “Entre Deux Mers”, or white Bordeaux, first attracted us to the estate. The region produces many inexpensive wines that are foisted on tourists in bistros across France as a house glass pour.

Yorkville Cellars is one of, if not the only, organic producer in the United States which bottles each of the six red Bordeaux varieties and the two whites individually:   Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Malbec, Carmenere,are the reds, Semillon and  Sauvignon Blanc are the whites.


Color of grape green to yellow
Species Vitis Vinifera
Semillon Synonyms Blanc doux, Colombier, Malaga,Groendruif, Wyndruif.
Origin France Bordeaux
Most common in France, Australia, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, New Zealand
Phonetic pronunciation say-mee-YHON

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