Pineau d'Aunis N
Name of vine variety in France
Pineau d'Aunis
This vine variety is found in the Loire Valley region.
In France, Pineau d'Aunis N is officially listed in the "Catalogue of vine varieties".
Wine vine variety
Evolution of area under vines in France
1958 1968 1979 1988 1998 2008 2016
ha 1741 1432 1288 645 541 456 447
Identification signs include:
- the tips of the young shoots have a very heavy coat of flat-lying hairs, 
- the young leaves are redish with bronze patches,
- the shoots have red internodes,
- orbicular adult leaves, 5 lobes with a petiolar sinus with slightly overlapping lobes, moderate size teeth with straight sides; heavy anthocyanin coloration of veins; an upturned leaf blade and the underside with a moderate coat of upright and flat-lying hairs,
- slightly elliptical-shaped berries.
Genetic profile
Allel 1 137 229 239 172 188 244 238 235 239
Allel 2 149 236 249 178 204 248 266 243 271
Bud burst: 8 days after Chasselas.
Grape maturity: period II, 2 and 1/2 weeks after Chasselas.
Suitability for cultivation and agronomic production
Pineau d’Aunis N displays moderate vigor, is very susceptible to browning and is fertile when short-pruned. Its production sometimes tends to be alternately irregular and is sometimes susceptible to chlorosis.
Sensitivity to diseases and pests
Due to the compact nature of the grape clusters, this grape variety is susceptible to grey rot. It is however not very susceptible to phomopsis.
Technological potential
Grape clusters are moderate in size and the berries are small. Pineau d’Aunis N produces light and not very colored wine for making rosé wines or base wine used for sparkling wines. The quality for this vine variety drops quickly when yields increase.
Clonal selection in France
The 2 approved Pineau d’Aunis N clones carry the numbers 235 and 289. A conservatory with this vine variety including 350 clones was set up in Vendomois (Loir et Cher) in 1997.
Bibliographic references
- Catalogue des variétés et clones de vigne cultivés en France. Collectif, 2007, Ed. IFV, Le Grau-du-Roi.
- Documentation interne du Domaine de Vassal. 1949-2011, INRA, Marseillan-plage.
- Cépages et vignobles de France, tome 1. P. Galet, 1990, Ed. Dehan, Montpellier.
- Ampélographie. P. Viala et V. Vermorel, 1902-1910, Ed. Masson, Paris.
Description of clones approved in France
Identity and availability Agronomic data Technical data
Clone number Origin Selection Fertility Production level Sugar content Potential color
Year approved Agronomic references Weight of grape clusters Vigor Total acidity Tannic structure
Growing surface area Size of berries Sensitivity to Botrytis Aromatic intensity Oenological aptitudes
235  Loir-et-Cher  ENTAV        
 1973  Val-de-Loire        
Little difference between the small distribution clones 235 and 289. Slightly higher productivity can be noted for clone 289.
289  Maine-et-Loire  ENTAV        
 1973  Val-de-Loire        
Little difference between the small distribution clones 235 and 289. Slightly higher productivity can be noted for clone 289.