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Grenache is the most widely planted grape in Spain (where it is known as Garnacha), and the third-most planted red variety in the world. Grenache can produce extremely good wines, especially when the grapes come from old, low-yielding vines.

Grenache makes soft, velvety, high-alcohol wines with sweet flavors of ripe raspberry jam, black currant and even white pepper. It's a great wine to blend with, adding immediate charm and softness to Rioja and giving weight and fruit to Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côtes-du-Rhône wines.

In the right vineyard, it can produce delicious, heady wines on its own. The finest examples generally come from Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Australia, and are often aged in oak.

  • Signature Style

    Bright red hue with sweet, ripe berry and white pepper flavor.

  • Wines to Try

    XV du Président, Chapoutier La Croix des Grives, El Bombero

  • Principal Regions

    Rhône, Languedoc, Rioja, Maury

  • Synonyms

    Grenache Noir, Garnacha, Granacha, Cannonau

    Did you know?

  • Grenache is the world's third-most cultivated black grape variety after Cabernet and Merlot.
  • Grenache also makes wonderfully fruity rosés and is used in the lusciously rich, fortified wines of Maury.
  • If you like Grenache, you might also like: Côtes-du-Rhône reds - most have a high percentage of Grenache.