Roussanne probably originated in the Côtes du Rhône and Isère Valley region of eastern France. Roussanne is usually found in regions with a Mediterranean climate such as the Upper Rhône Valley of eastern France, and in the Tuscany region of northern Italy.Petite Roussanne 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.
Roussanne grapes are considered quite difficult to raise. Roussanne seldom produces a varietal wine but is blended with Marsanne to produce the famous Hermitage wines from the Rhône Valley. Roussanne adds acidity, elegance, delicacy and aroma to the Marsanne. Roussanne improves with age. It also produces the thick and viscous vin de paille (straw wine) of the same region and the sparkling wines of Saint Péray. It is a common component in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. It is also a component of the Montecarlo Bianco in Tuscany in Italy.
Try Roussanne-based wines with Crab, Lobster, Turkey, Duck, and Ham.