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Alicante in the south of France and Guarnaccia in the Ischia DOC, Campania, Italy. In Spain it is known under the name Garnacha.

Widely planted throughout Europe, especially Spain and sardinia. Also grown in Algeria, Israel, Morocco, the USA and Australia.
Also used to make some of the better rosé wines of Provence in southern France.

Very tolerant of heat. Thrives well in the hot climate vineyards of Spain and Southern France.

Blended, especially with Shiraz. When blended with Tempranillo improves many Riojas.
In the warmer regions of California the Grenache grape produces pale red wines that are mainly useful for blends. Older vines can yield varietals often as a rosé.

Flavour & Character
Ultra ripe, fruity flavours, predominantly strawberry, coupled with a fiery spiciness. makes fleshy, heady, very fruity wines in their youth

Often oaked as part of the Rioja maturation process.

Ranges from good light styles to rich, strong, velvety textured wines.

Body, Dry/Sweet
Wide ranging from light bodied delicious, fruity rosés to rich dessert and fortified wines. Notable for producing warm, full bodied wines high in alcohol.

It is the main grape used in the red wine blend known as Chateauneuf-du-Pape makes good wine blends under the appellation "Cotes du Rhone Villages".









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