Try Carmenere Wine if You Like Malbec, Merlot, or Bordeaux Blends.


Overview of the Carmenere Wine Varietal

Carmenere is a medium-bodied wine with soft tannins. It has complex flavours of red and blue fruit with herbal, smokey and earthy notes.


How To Pronounce the grape Carmenere: Car-men-AIR


Why We Like Carmenere Wine

  • More wine for your buck!
  • A tasty alternative to Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon


Flavours and Aromas of the Carmenere Variety

  • Fruit: red fruit, raspberry, blackberry
  • Herbal/Vegetal: tobacco, bell pepper, jalapeño pepper
  • Other: leather, vanilla, chocolate


Where In The World Does the Carmenere Grape Grow?

Old World Carmenere Regions

  • Bordeaux, France
  • Italy

New World Carmenere Regions

  • Chile
  • China
  • USA (Washington & California)
  • Canada


Carmenere Wine’s Perfect Food Pairings

  • roasted vegetables
  • grilled & roasted meat with herbs
  • hard cheeses, esp smoked cheese
  • cured meats, charcuterie


Interesting Facts About the Carmenere Varietal

Carmenère has similar features to Merlot as they are both part of the original red grape varieties of Bordeaux. When Carmenère was discovered in Chile they originally thought it was Merlot. Now Chile is the largest grower of Carmenère in the world. It can be distinguished from Merlot because its leaves have a reddish hue in its younger stages and then turn Crimson before they fall. (Carmin means Crimson in French). It also has a longer growing season with a lower yield than Merlot.


You Might Also See Carmenere Like this:

Carmenère, Carménère

(but never like this: Carmeñere)


Our Favourite Finds for Carmenere Wine

Viña Carmen Gran Reserva Carmenere

Moon Curser Vineyards 2016 Carmenere


Like Carmenere? Try A Similar Grape Variety: Merlot