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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Pineau, a word widely used in France as a synonym for the pinot family of grape varieties. It seems to have been a portmanteau word for any better-quality vine in medieval France (probably a reference to the pine-cone shape of so many bunches of grapes) but is today a word associated primarily with the Loire. It is the first word of a wide range of vine synonyms, sometimes various forms of Pinot but often chenin, most notably as Pineau de la Loire.