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Cinsault is a very old grape variety grown in the south of France.  It prefers well drained soil on sunny hillsides and can withstand very hot environments.  Cinsault is an aggressive grower and produces a large crop of large sweet berries. The Cinsault grape makes fairly simple wines that are used for blending with other grapes such as Grenache. Cinsault is one of the parent grapes (along with Pinot Noir) for the Pinotage variety which was developed in South Africa.