Grenache: The Poor Relation

We call Grenache the “Poor Relation” because it so often needs to be blended with other wines

  • Mediterranean grape, one of the most widely planted worldwide
  • Garnacha in Spain, Cannonau in Sardinia
  • Ripens late, likes hot climates
  • Spicy, berry-flavored and soft on the palate
  • Relatively high alcohol
  • May lack acid, tannins, color – frequently blended with Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Tempranillo
  • France – lead grape in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, Provence, Laguedoc-Roussillon
  • Spain – Garnacha – Major role in Rioja and Priorat, Aragon, Navarra
  • California – Central Coast and Mendocino in Rhône style blends
  • Australia – varietal Grenache and GSM blends


Demand for single varietal Grenache and Garnacha is growing with the trend toward medium-bodied wines.