Pronounced San-so. A grape varietal, used in the production of light red wines, originating in the Rhône region of France. The grape is also grown in South Africa. The Cinsault varietal has traditionally been viewed as a blending agent. Cinsault is one of 13 grape varietals allowed in the blending of Chateauneuf-du-Pape regional red wines. Also traditionally blended with Mourvédre, Muscadine, and Syrah. Creates a superior red when blended with the Grenache varietal. Cinsault is one of thirteen grape varietals allowed in Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines.