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Aligoté


International Varieties: Chardonnay   Gewürztraminer   Muscat   Pinot Gris   Riesling   Sauvignon Blanc

Major Varieties:   Airén    Chenin Blanc    Grüner Veltliner    Müller-Thurgau    Pinot Blanc    Sémillon    Silvaner    Trebbiano    Viognier

Regional Varieties:   Albariño    Aligoté    Amigne    Arneis    Chasselas    Colombard    Cortese    Fiano    Grechetto    Grenache Blanc    Malvasia Istriana    Marsanne    Muscadelle    Muscat of Alexandria    Ortega    Palomino    Parellada    Petite Arvine    Prosecco    Rieslaner    Roussanne    Savagnin    Scheurebe    Seyval Blanc    Tocai Friulano    Torrontés    Vermentino    Welschriesling


Aligoté is one of the prominent grapes of Burgundy, having originated there in the 18th century. It has been linked to Pinot Noir and Gouais Blanc. It is acidic and structured, which is why it is often blended.

It thrives almost only in Burgundy, where it plays a crucial part in Bourgogne Aligoté AOC. Crème de cassis may be mixed with the grape to create a pre-dinner drink. Not exactly your typical Burgundy wine! The best examples probably come from the village of Bouzeron in the Côte Chalonnaise.

Aligoté can be found all over Burgundy. Elsewhere, the grape is grown in the Rhône, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Washington, California, and Chile.