Grenache grapes are grown all over the world. No wonder Grenache wines are well known and appreciated in so many countries.
History and Origin
Wine historians believe that Grenache, which translates to Garnacha in Spanish and Garnatxa in Catalan, originated in the province of Aragon in northern Spain. From there, the grapevines spread through Europe, through Spain and out into the Mediterranean, including what is modern day Sardinia. Because of a phylloxera epidemic in the late 19th century, plantings of Grenache became abundant through Rioja and France.
Plantings traveled over oceans to Australia, where they remain common in the McLaren Vale and the Barossa and Clare Valleys. Grenache Barossa is a world class wine.
In the 1860s, Grenache grapes were brought to the United States and planted in California. However, heavy planting caused a decrease in the quality of the wine. Over time, this trend has been somewhat reversed. Other varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot have replaced the heavy planting, and today 9,600 acres of Grenache grapes are planted in California.
Grenache is the world”s most frequently planted grape, being the backbone ingredient to a number of important red wines.