The variety is also sold as a table grape under the name of Œillade. Cinsault (or Cinsaut) is a vigorous, high-yielding variety. Vines must therefore be rigorously pruned to produce high-quality wines.
The grape is mostly used as a “teinturier” to add colour and bouquet to a blend. In Provence it is sometimes vinified as a single varietal rosé wine. Cinsault is at home in the south of France and on Corsica. It is also grown in Italy, eastern Europe and in parts of the Americas. In South Africa, Pinotage is the name given to the crossing between Pinot noir and Cinsault.