Persan is a rare red grape from Savoie. It was widely planted during the 19th century, but it never fully recovered after it was devastated by the great phylloxera outbreak in the late 1800s. In addition, the grape is highly susceptible to disease, making it an often challenging variety to grow. As of 2013, there were only thought to be around ten hectares of Persan grown in the world, mostly spread across small Savoie vineyards, but it has a growing following today.
Persan is used to create complex, full bodied and deeply coloured red wines. There are often striking aromas of candied and stewed fruit, raspberry and herbs, and dense tannins. The wines are either produced as varietals or blended with other local grapes. They also have a good ageing potential.