Cards of Wine

World Famous Grapes

Grenache / Garnacha


Grenache / Garnacha / Cannonau

Grenache is one of the most widely planted red wine grapes in the world.

Grenache is called Garnacha in Spain and Cannonau in Italy.

Grenache is said to originate from Aragon in Spain, but recent DNA analysis indicates that Grenache is native to Sardinia in Italy.

Different Garnacha varieties produce both red and white wines with a high level of alcohol.

Garnacha is a typical blendig grape. In pure form it produces a dull wine with little color, usually sold as a rosé.

Grenache in Europa

France (Grenache)

In France, Grenache is the key ingredient in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and GSM blends. It is also the most planted grape variety in Languedoc-Roussillon.

Spain (Garnacha)

Garnacha is the third most planted red grape variety in Spain (after Tempranillo and Bobal).

Italy (Cannonau)

In Italy, Grenache is most commonly found in Sardinia under the name Cannonau. The DOC wine "Cannonau di Sardegna" must contain at least 90% local Grenache (Cannonau).

Grenache in the New World

Even if Grenache is one of the world's most widely planted red grapes, planting in the New World has been limited apart from some strongholds in Australia and USA (California).