Getting to Know Grenache: Old Vines, New Wines

I bet you’ve had Grenache before and didn’t even know it.



Grenache or Grenacha (its Spanish name) is one of the most planted grapes in the world. Some may know it as a grape used in blends, most notably the famous French Rhone blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Grenacha is known to have this “fruit rollup” taste to it aka sweet fruits. This would be a great red wine for those who are trying to get into reds to try. It’s also a great great with nice complexity for the wine novice. So what I’m trying to say is, all in all, this is a fantastic grape.

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Grenache was first was grown in Spain. It eventually spread to France due to their close proximity to each other. This grape is super popular in the south of France due to its low acidity and medium alcohol. This wine is perfect for a dinner party or to make sangria with!

The Varieties

Garnacha, most notably a red grape does have some varieties!  

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  • Grenache Noir (black Grenache)
  • Grenache Blanc (white Grenache) 

    Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Côtes du Roussillon
  • Grenache Gris (grey Grenache)
  • Lladonner Pelut (similar to black grenache but more blue tones)
El Circo Acróbata


The thing I love most about Grenache is how affordable it is. I’m always on the hunt for a good wine on a budget because I understand that we want to drink good wine and not break the bank. All of the wines in my video below are under $20 (most hovering around the $10 mark!). You can purchase any of the wines I’ve below right here.

Particular Garnacha

Need more? Check out my video review on the wines above! 

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  1. I am a big fan of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, I knew there was something special about it! We were recently gifted a Domaine Grand Veneur 1998 Châteauneuf-du-Pape from a friend which we drank to celebrate booking our wedding and it was spectacular! I just wish we had another bottle of it now….