Old world: Grenache (or Garnacha) is found all over southern France and Spain, thriving in hot, dry vineyards where less hardy grapes would struggle, and grows old very gracefully in bottle. It is a key player in the Rhône Villages and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, in northern Spain where it’s known as garnacha. Naturally high in alcohol, it’s an important grape for the production not only of red wines, but makes excellent rosés and fortified wines too.
New world: In Australia Grenache represents ‘G’ in the Rhône-inspired GSM (Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre/Mataro) blends that the country is well-known for. These are usually generously flavoured with refreshing redcurrant and strawberry notes.