The French name for the Spanish Garnacha although the name Grenache is more common. The world's 2nd most planted varietal, with large amounts in France, Australia, California and all over Spain.
A sturdy vine that grows best as a shrub vine in intensely hot and dry growing regions, the Grenache is very versatile producing wines that vary in color from light rose to inky black and in sweetness levels from dry to dessert style.
The best Grenache can be found in the Rhone Valley of southern France. The wines of Vaquerays, Gigonadas, Cotes du Rhone, Languedoc Rousillon, and most impoortantly Chateauneuf-du-Pape can be very nice, if often the Grenache is blended with other wines.