What is Grenache

Grenache is a red wine grape variety that is widely grown in Spain, France, and other Mediterranean countries. It is known for producing wines with ripe red fruit flavors, such as raspberries and strawberries, and moderate to high alcohol content. It is often blended with other varieties, such as Syrah and Mourvèdre, to create complex and full-bodied wines. Some examples of wines made from Grenache include Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côtes du Rhône from France and Garnacha from Spain.

How to pronounce Grenache 

Grenache is pronounced “gren-ash.”

What is Grenache also known as

Grenache is also known by several other names, depending on the region where it is grown. Some of the most common synonyms for Grenache include:

  • Garnacha (Spain)
  • Cannonau (Sardinia, Italy)
  • Garnatxa (Catalonia, Spain)
  • Tinto Aragonés (Aragon, Spain)
  • Grenache Noir (France)
  • Alicante Bouschet (France)
  • Garnacha Tintorera (Spain)
  • Grenache Blanc (France)
  • Garnacha Blanca (Spain)

It’s important to keep in mind that some of these words may refer to specific subvarieties or clones of the Grenache grape, which may have slightly different flavor and aroma characteristics.

What does Grenache taste like

Taste profile

High Alcohol, Medium plus body, Medium Tannins, Medium Acidity

Primary Flavours

Stewed Strawberry, Grilled Plum, Leather, Dried herds, Blood Orange

Storage & Halndling

To properly store and handle Grenache wine, it is recommended to store it in a cool and dark place such as a cellar or wine fridge at a temperature between 60-68 degrees Fahrenheit, keeping the wine bottles on their side to keep the cork moist and prevent air from entering the bottle. Before serving, decant the wine for at least 30 minutes to allow it to breathe and release its full aroma and flavor. Serve the wine in a red wine glass at the appropriate temperature of 60-68 degrees Fahrenheit. Cellar the wine for 5-10 years as it can age well and develop complex flavors and aromas over time. However, it’s important to note that these are general recommendations and the optimal storage conditions may vary depending on the specific wine. 

Food Pairing

What do you pair with Grenache

 In general, Grenache wine has a fruity and spicy character, with a moderate to high alcohol content, which makes it a versatile pairing for many different types of food. Some examples of dishes that could be paired with Grenache wine include:

Roasted meats such as lamb, pork, and beef, which can complement the wine’s fruity and spicy character.

Grilled meats and fish, particularly those with bold flavors such as bacon, sausage, or smoked fish.

Spicy or flavorful dishes such as curries, stews, and ratatouille, which can balance the wine’s alcohol content and highlight its fruitiness.

Mediterranean cuisine such as tapas, paella, and ratatouille, which can complement the wine’s Spanish and French origins.

Cheese plates, particularly those that include soft or hard sheep’s milk cheeses, which can complement the wine’s spicy and fruity character.

It’s important to note that these are just some examples and the best pairing will depend on the specific wine, the dish and the personal taste of others.

Where is Grenache grown?

Grenache, or Garnacha as it’s known in Spain, is a grape variety that is grown all over the Mediterranean basin. Spain is the largest producer of Grenache, with regions like La Mancha, Aragon, Navarra, and Catalonia producing some of the finest expressions of the grape. But don’t let the Spanish dominance fool you, France also has a long history with Grenache, particularly in the Southern Rhône where wines like Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Côtes du Rhône are made. Italy, Sardinia in particular, also produces some excellent Cannonau wines. Down Under, Australia particularly in Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, produces some fantastic Grenache based wines, and it’s also grown in California and other regions of US. And let’s not forget South Africa, where it’s producing some serious wines. The key to understanding Grenache is that the wines can vary greatly depending on where it’s grown, and how it’s vinified.