Called Garnacha in Spanish, Grenache in French and Cannanou in Italian—it is one grape with many names. Garnacha or Garnatxa (Pronounced Gar-Nah-Cha) is a type of grape family. Garnacha can come in all colours and flavours, from white, to rosé, to red. Think of this family similar to the Pinot family of grapes.
Each of the grapes on the vine look different and are different colours. Mostly grown on elevated terroirs, the final wines can be light-medium to full-bodied based on colour and the final winemaking style or technique.
Many of the wines available to us here come from old “bush or wild” vines, making them unique, historical and offering a fabulous taste profile. I also really love the Garnacha Blanca, which is a beautiful Spanish white wine that you’re bound to fall in love with.
Here are a few for you to try out as you begin your journey. Grenache is now being made around the world, and it really is a fabulous wine for you to fall in love with!
The Wolftrap Viognier Chenin Blanc Grenache Blanc
This white blend from South Africa has been on my favourites list for almost a decade. Perfectly balanced with tropical notes and lingering acidity, it’s such a well made wine and one that you won’t forget!
Gérard Bertrand Fitou Grenache/Carignan 2018
A sexy and smooth red blend made with Grenach and Carignan red grapes from an iconic producer in the south of France. You won’t regret buying this wine and in fact with fall now on it’s way I recommend a 6 pack.
Torbreck Old Vines Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvèdre 2017
Give this old vines Grenache a try and you’ll be blown away at the super taster profile of this juicy, delicious and sensual red wine.
Gérard Bertrand Perles de Grenache Rosé 2020
Called the King of the Languedoc, Gérard Bertrand has a near-unparalleled understanding of the region’s numerous terroirs and he loves to make rosé as well as red (see above and get both of them!) Crafted from 100% Grenache, this rosé is elegant and lovely! A banger wine made with Grenache grapes.
Saint-Roch Vieilles Vignes Syrah/Grenache 2018
Anytime you see Vieilles Vignes on a label – it means old vines in French. In order to be classified as old the vines need to be 25 years of age or older. Bursting with red and black berries, this wine is simply gorgeous!
Alpha Crucis Old Vines Grenache 2019
Another old vines Grenache that will taste perfect paired with your favourite Friday night dinner. A great way to elevate a dinner ordered in!