Castets (grape)

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Castets as illustrated by Viala & Vermorel

Castets is a red French wine grape variety that was historically grown in the Aveyron region of France. While some plantings exist in Southwest France, the variety's numbers are dwindling and is now nearly extinct.[1]

In Slovakia, Castets was crossed with Abouriou to create several varieties including Hron, Nitranka, Rimava and Váh.[2]


Various synonyms have been used to describe Castets and its wines, including Engrunat, Gros Verdau, Gros Machouquet, Machoupet, Matioupet and Nicouleau.


  1. ^ J. Robinson Jancis Robinson's Guide to Wine Grapes pg 45 Oxford University Press 1996 ISBN 0-19-860098-4
  2. ^ J. Robinson, J. Harding and J. Vouillamoz Wine Grapes - A complete guide to 1,368 vine varieties, including their origins and flavours pg 465, Allen Lane 2012 ISBN 978-1-846-14446-2