Regional Varieties: Baga Barbera Blaufränkisch Brachetto Carignan Carménère Cinsaut Dolcetto Gamay Graciano Lagrein Malvasia Nera Marzemino Montepulciano Mourvèdre Nero d'Avola Petit Verdot Petite Sirah Pinot Meunier Pinotage Touriga Nacional
Believed to be a mutation of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier is best known for its use in the production of Champagne. The grape most likely originated in France, but there is little certainty as to when or where. It is best known for lending body and richness to some Champagne, where it is the only grape allowed for production besides Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It is also used in some sparkling wines outside France. Pinot Meunier is rarely varietally made.