Discover Grenache

Discover Grenache

Discover Grenache



Grenache is one of the most widely planted grape varieties in the world. It is responsible for some of the most famous wines around and most people don't even know the name as it is widely blended to make those famous wines. I read somewhere the other day that Grenache is as important in the wine world as Cabernet Sauvignon - and i'd whole-heartedly agree.

If you have ever heard of or drank Chateau Neuf du Pape then you will have heard of or drank Grenache.

Grenache is typically blended with Shiraz, Carignan, Mourvedre, Tempranillo and Cinsault and is at home in hot climates.

100% grenache wines are available although most have a small % of other wine added to soften the tannin.

There's even a day named after Grenache - Grenache Day - check it out.



A full bodied, medium tannin, medium acidity wine that loves the heat.

Almost always blended although single varieties are out there.

Loves oak aging.

Often high in alcohol due to the hot climates where it is grown.


France - Rhone Valley, Languedoc, Mediterranean

Spain - Catalonia, Navarra, Rioja


USA - California - check out Rhone Rangers

Australia - South Australia

South Africa, Chile, Argentina


Strawberry, black cherry, raspberry, blackcurrants

Anise, tobacco, citrus, cinnamon, licorice, olives, coffee, black pepper, spice


Cannonau, Garnacha, Garnatxa, Grenache Noir, Alicante.


The spice in Grenache makes it favourable with food, especially spicy food.

Meat - especially grilled, charred or bbq'd (or all of the above!)

Olives, tapenade, Mediterranean food.

Curries, chilli's - although be careful of the lighter spiced dishes as the wine might overpower.

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