Sample: Arbois or Arbois Blanc is a white French wine grape variety planted primarily in the Loire regions. Despite being a minor grape, in the late 20th century it was the third most widely planted grape variety in the Loir-et-Cher département which includes the winemaking areas of Cheverny, Cour-Cheverny, Montrichard, Oisly, Saint-Romain-sur-Cher, Valençay as well as vineyards that make wines under the Touraine AOC, Cremant de Loire AOCand Vin de Pays du Loir et Cher. By 2004 acreage had steadily declined to around 750 acres (300 hectares). It is still a permitted grape variety in theAppellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) regions of Cheverny AOC, Valençay AOC and Vouvray AOC.
Among the synonyms that Arbois is known under throughout France are Menu Pineau and Petit Pineau. Other synonyms include Herbois, Orbois and Verdet.