Grenache or Garnacha, as it was originally (and still) called in Spain, is a grape growing throught he southern regions of France, including Provence, Languedoc-Roussillon, and the Southern Rhône. It is frequently used in blending, especially in Rhone blends such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Côtes-du-Rhône and Gigondas. It also is used in Spanish Priorat, and many Spanish blends. It is prevalent in California and Australia, where it maybe be blended into GSMs (Grenache – Syrah – Mourvèdre), with Shiraz, or on it’s own.
Grenache typically enjoys warmer climates and frequently ripens to a sugar level capable of producing 14 – 15% alcohol content. This means that grenache can add body, as well, but typically creates pale, high alcohol wines that are slightly watery. Under certain circumstances, it can produce a very elegant and fruity wine evoking strong memories of raspberries.
Style: Primarily dry, oaked. Frequently blended, can also be sweet for dessert wine Banyuls.
Notable Growing Locations: Australia, California, France: Provence / Languedoc-Roussillon / Southern Rhône, Spain