What is Grenache?

Grenache (a.k.a. Garnacha) is one of the most widely planted grapes in the world, but is believed to have come from Spain. It grows well in hot, dry climates, and tends to ripen late. The grape clusters are prone to rot and coulure, which hinders crop growth.The wine produced is usually lighter with medium tannins, and low to medium acidity. Spain, Southern France, Australia, and California all generate a significant amount of Grenache.

Style of Grenache

There are 2 varieties of Grenache, which are Garnacha Tinta, and Garnacha Blanca. The former, which is the red, is the most popular. Grenache is often blended with Tempranillo, Syrah, and Mourvèdre, and is the base variety for Côtes du Rhône, Gigondas, and Chateauneuf du Pape wines. France and Spain also use Grenache to make rosé wine.

Aromas & Flavors

Typical aromas are oak and vanilla. Flavors include raspberry, strawberry, cinnamon, thyme, sage, spice, and white pepper. As it ages, leather and tar flavors may arise.

Food Pairing

The wine goes well herbed, and spicy foods.

ABV & Calorie Count

The alcohol by volume (ABV) content can be in the 13.5% to 16% range. The calorie count is usually 122 calories for a 5 ounce glass.