Grenache is one of the most widely planted red grape variety in the world. It requires hot and dry weather conditions for growing and is usually blended with other grape varieties. The Grenache wine is considered to be one of the most expensive and delicious red wines in the world. In its composition you can feel the taste of raspberry, strawberry, black cherry, cinnamon, anise, tobacco and citrus rind. The Grenache wine requires medium oak aging and also comes with medium acidity and tannin. What gives the Grenache wine an incredible taste are the cinnamon and candied fruits. When compared with other red grape varietals, Grenache has deceptively lighter color. Depending on the region, Granache can offer strong smells of ruby-red grapefruit and orange rinds. This delicious wine is generally soft, spicy and berry-flavored with high alcohol content. If you are a red wine lover, especially a Grenache wine admirer, here are some interesting facts you may didn’t know about this wine.
- The largest wine regions of Grenache are France and Spain, followed by the United States and Australia.
- In 1832, Grenache wine was introduced to Australia and immediately became popular.
- Grenache grape variety is grown on around 500 000 acres of land worldwide, of which 8,000 acres are in South Australia.
- Rose Granache wines are frequently identified by their cream and strawberry notes.
- The Grenache bud early and requires long season for growing. This is why the Grenache grape is harvested late.
- The long ripening process gives the Grenache wine high level of sugar. This also makes the Grenache wine capable of substantial alcohol level (at least 15%).
- Grenache Blanc is one amazing white light-skinned grape variety that is harvested in France, and is very similar to the red Grenache grape variety.
- At the beginning of the 21st century, South Australia started the production of varietal Granache wines as a GSM – Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre, blends that become very popular on the market.