Picpoul is often used in the blend for both red and white wines. It is one of the permitted grapes in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and can be a white single variety in Pinet, Meze, Florenzac, and Castlenau-de-Guers. It is generally green-gold and full bodied. Of late, this grape is being featured in many wines, usually in blends, from Languedoc and southern France.
Picpoul has both light skinned and dark skinned versions, as well as the rarer Gris. It buds late and is sensitive to oidium (powdery mildew). It has declined in popularity due to its susceptibility to fungal diseases and its low yield.
Picpoul means lip stinger, which refers to the high acidity of the grape. It is one of the oldest domesticated grapes and achieved a reputation for quality as early as the 17th century.