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The Table Grape AOPn is experiencing an early start to the season, with heat favorable to the arrival of fruits of high taste quality from the beginning of August 2022.

A heat in May-June conducive to a product of good taste quality. Refreshing, gourmet and generous, the table grape from the south-east of France is already arriving on our shelves. Coming from Vaucluse, France’s leading producer department, the first harvests of Muscat de Hamburg, representing 70% of the French table grape supply, offer beautiful bunches, with small sweet and juicy berries, bursting with sunshine. Mainly produced in the Ventoux region, this variety has benefited from a Controlled Designation of Origin since 1997, reinforced by the obtaining in 1999 of a Protected Designation of Origin: Muscat noir AOP du Ventoux. This 660 ha terroir is distinguished by hillsides at an altitude of more than 200 meters, exceptional sunshine, at the origin of a high quality production, representing an average yield of 2,000 tonnes each season.


Whether early or later, whatever the variety, the table grape is offered with a guaranteed sugar content: the Muscat noir AOP du Ventoux has the particularity of a sugar content of at least 18 g per 100 g.
The producers of the Table Grape AOPn are committed by interprofessional agreement to guarantee the sugar content of their varieties: Prima, Cardinal, Lival, Centennial, Chasselas, Muscat and Lavallée…. can be enjoyed at optimum ripeness, at any time of the season! Inseparable from an awareness, that of environmental issues and the preservation of biodiversity, the producers of the AOPn Raisin de table also use production methods recognized as High Environmental Value (HVE) level 3. Issued by an organization certifier approved by the ministry responsible for agriculture, HVE certification provides the AOPn table grape sector with a common standard, helping to make
more legible the commitments of producers to consumers. The HVE stamp thus guarantees that the fruits come from farms committed to the highest level of environmental certification.


Harvesting French table grapes has the particularity of being done by hand. Taking great care of each cluster harvested, the pickers delicately chisel the clusters to eliminate the poorer quality berries. They also take care not to remove the bloom, that white veil, a sign of freshness, which delicately coats the grapes of certain varieties, such as Muscat noir AOP du Ventoux, to protect against heat and humidity. 45,000 tonnes of table grapes expected! The French table grape sector brings together 3,200 producers, spread over 5,400 hectares of vines. More than 65% of the national production is carried out in Provence, making Vaucluse the 1st French producing department.

Main black varieties grown in France:

Muscat of Hamburg and Alphonse Lavallée.

In white grapes:

Chasselas, Danlas and Centennial.


The Muscat of Hamburg is recognizable by its “bluish black” color. Its grains are small, slightly elongated. Production This grape is mainly harvested on the slopes of Mont Ventoux, from the beginning of August to mid-October. Appearance Also black, the grains of Alphonse Lavallée are distinguished from those of Muscat by their roundness and size. Production In France, this grape is harvested from mid-August to mid-October. Taste It is sweet, subtly musky and its texture is unctuous. In the kitchen The Muscat of Hamburg is delicious as an accompaniment to meats. Taste The Alphonse Lavallée is firm and juicy. In the kitchen Its flesh lends itself to pies and clafoutis. From July to November, the black grape comes in many other varieties, for our greatest pleasure, starting with the Prima, the earliest variety, then the Cardinal, Lival, Alval, Ribol, or the Rubi (pink grape) .


Appearance A white, seedless, early variety with beautiful supple clusters. Its pulp is firm and crunchy. Production This grape is harvested from the end of August to the end of October. Taste Seedless, aromatic and golden In the kitchen This variety goes very well with cheese or charcuterie. Among the other varieties produced in France, the Danlas and Chasselas grape tasting continues in September! Did you know ? 1 out of 7 fruits purchased by French households is a bunch of table grapes [1] ! Table grapes are indeed the 7th most consumed fruit by volume by the French [2] ! This represents an average of 5.2 kg consumed per year and per household.


Rich in polyphenols, powerful antioxidants, grapes have protective properties, which act at different levels:

– It protects the cardiovascular system, slowing down its aging.
– It limits the formation of bad cholesterol, and improves the resistance of blood vessels.

The grape is indeed the fruit of energy par excellence!
It contains many easily assimilated sugars (glucose and fructose), vitamins C and B, mineral salts and trace elements such as calcium, potassium, iron or even magnesium. Recommended for those with high energy needs, table grapes are suitable for growing children as well as for athletes. As a cure, from the start of the school year, its benefits allow the whole family to better resist the minor ailments of winter.

About Table grape AOPn

This National Association of Producer Organizations brings together producer organizations (POs) of table grapes on a voluntary basis. Since its creation in 2009, the mission of the AOP has been to support producers in their strategies for adapting supply to demand: market studies, communication actions, orientation of research and experimentation, etc.

45,000 tonnes of table grapes from France each year.
3,200 producers, spread over 5,400 hectares of vines.
More than 65% of national production produced in Provence.
Vaucluse: 1st French producer department.
A level 3 HVE production, with hand picking.
A variety under AOP: Muscat noir AOP du Ventoux

o 660 ha distinguished by hillsides above 200 meters above sea level,
o 2,000 tons of output per year for the Muscat noir AOP du Ventoux. – Facebook @raisindetable

Sources: [1] Kanter Worldpanel 2011 – [2] Kantar Worldpanel – Average 2012-2014.

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