What is Grenache?
Grenache is one of the most widely planted red wine grape varieties in the world, originating in Spain and thriving in hot, dry conditions. It produces wines with a range of styles, from dry to sweet, and from light to full-bodied. Grenache is known as Garnacha in Spain, where it is widely grown in regions such as Aragon, Rioja and Navarra. It is also a key component of many blends in southern France, especially in the Rhône Valley and Roussillon, where it is often combined with Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan. Grenache wines typically have aromas and flavors of red fruits, white pepper, spice and herbs, and can develop complex notes of leather and tar with age. Grenache also has white and gray mutations that are used to make white and rosé wines.