Grenache is a red-wine grape most likely originated in the region of Aragon in northern Spain. Besides, it grows extensively in France, Spain, Australia, and the United States.

As one of the most widely planted red wine grape varieties in the world, it is just as important as Cabernet Sauvignon in the world of wines.


Grenache has a medium-bodied taste due to its relatively high alcohol content. Its berries have thin skin and ripen very late in the wine-growing season. It has a deceptively lighter color and is semi-translucent. Moreover, it’s grounded with soft tannins and fruit-forward. Acid and tannins can be variable depending on growing conditions and cropping levels with intense and complex berry fruit characteristic notes (such as strawberries, blackcurrant). You can find coffee, honey, spices, tar, black pepper, gingerbread, leather, black olives, and often roasted nuts notes as well on tasting.


Several common synonyms are known of Grenache across the globe, including:

  • Garnatxa
  • Garnacha
  • Cannonau
  • Alicante
  • Bois Jaune
  • Bordò
  • Elegante
  • Francese
  • Gamay Perugino
  • Gironet
  • Navarra
  • Uva di Spagna
  • Vernatxa
  • Sans Pareil
  • Tintilla
  • Carignane rosso
  • Redondal
  • Roussillon and
  • Rouvaillard.
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