Marsanne was first noted in southeastern France. It is found in the northern Rhône Valley of southeastern France, in the Valais region of Switzerland, and in California, where it is a minor grape. Half of the world’s Marsanne grapes are planted in the Golburn Valley of southeastern Australia.Marsanne image first published in Victor Rendu, Ampelographie francaise, comprenant la statistique, la description des meilleurs cepages, l'analyse chimique du sol et les procedes de culture et de vinification des principaux vignobles de la France. [2nd ed.]Paris: Masson, 1857.
Marsanne's deep colored juice has low acidity, a high level of alcohol, and ages well in oak. In the Rhône Valley Marsanne is often added to Syrah. It is the major variety used in the production of the famous white Crozes-Hermitage and the sparkling and still St. Péray white wines. Marsanne is often blended with Roussane grapes to add aroma and delicacy, producing interesting Rhône Valley white wines.
Marsanne often accompanies Crab, Lobster, Chicken, and Veal.