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.
Bright red hue with sweet, ripe berry and white pepper flavor.
Wines to Try
XV du Président, Chapoutier La Croix des Grives, El Bombero
Rhône, Languedoc, Rioja, Maury
Grenache Noir, Garnacha, Granacha, Cannonau
- 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.