Grown extensively in southern France, particularly the Languedoc-Roussillon region, this red grape varietal is popular due to its ability to flourish in hot weather. It produces light-bodied wines (particularly rosé́s) with high acidity, low tannins, neutral fruit flavors, and little character. To balance its deficiencies, the French often blend it with Grenache or Carignan. In the southern Rhô̂ne, though, Cinsault grapes yields are kept low, which results in more flavorful and concentrated wines. Cinsault is also widely grown in South Africa, where it's also used as a blending wine. FYI, circa 1925, the South Africans successfully crossed Cinsault with the Pinot Noir grape to create the Pinotage varietal.