Try a Grenache wine if you like Merlot
Overview of the Grenache wine varietal
Balanced tannin and acidity with good weight and complex flavours. Often a component of blended wine.
Why we like the Grenache varietal, grape and wine
- Grenache is one of the 3 grapes in the popular GSM blend: Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre. It’s also amazing as a single varietal!
How to pronounce Grenache:
Flavours and aromas of Grenache / Garnacha wines
- Fruit: red fruit, plum, orange, dried fruit
- Herbal: mint, liquorice, pepper, black tea, lavender
- Other: leather, stone, chocolate, pastry
Foods that go well with Grenache wine – varietal pairings
- Any dish with Provençal herbs (rosemary, lavender, thyme, sage)
- Grilled vegetables
- Hearty, earthy soups and stews
- Chicken and turkey
- Cheddar, Gouda Cheeses
Where are Grenache grapes grown?
Old World Grenache Regions
- Rhone Valley, France
- Spain (called Garnacha)
- Sicily, Italy
- Sardinia, Italy (called Cannonau)
New World Grenache Regions
Interesting facts about Grenache wine
The “holy trinity” of grape blends is the GSM of Southern Rhone, France. These 3 grapes (Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre) blend together so beautifully that a winery in Australia named their GSM blend after the famous nickname, The Holy Trinity.
A long, long time ago (in the 1600s), Burgundy winemakers used to secretly blend their Pinot Noir with a little Grenache to make it taste better!
Other names for the Grenache varietal include
Grenache Noir, Garnacha (Spain), Garnatxa (Spain), Cannonau (Italy)
Our favourite finds for Grenache wine