Colombard Colombard is one of the grapes used in both Cognac and Armagnac. As a table wine, it is hugely popular in California, where it was once known as French Colombard. Today, French growers in the Côtes de Gascogne and the Charente are producing light, fragrant whites of their own. Colombard makes delightful crisp, dry whites with leafy, spring blossom fragrance and fresh green apple flavours. In South Africa and Australia, where it has become a firm favourite for winemakers, the grape displays more racy tropical fruit characteristics. Signature Style Light and dry offering notes of peach and citrus Famous Examples Murray Fishing Club, Les Vertus d'Antan, Graham Beck Principal regions Cognac, Armagnac, Napa Valley, Murray River Synonyms French Colombard, Colombar Did you know? In California in the 1980s Colombard was the state's No.1 grape, and in South Africa - under the name of Colombar - it was the 2nd most important grape variety until the late 1990s. If you like Colombard, you might also like: Chenin Blanc - another crisp, dry refreshing white grown widely in South Africa and the Loire.