Grenache in French, Garnacha in Spain and Cannonau in Italy, these are only some of the names the grape is known for. Grenache was the most planted grape in the world and certainly the queen of the Mediterranean area until recently, nowadays, despite losing the number one spot, it still remains one of the most planted grape.
Thought to be of Spanish origins, it has been grown all over the Mediterranean area for centuries thanks to the Spanish domination of late 12th century.
Grenache, Cannonau in Italy, is grown in Sardinia and it represents the island's most important red wine and grape variety together with the white Vermentino, is also grown in other areas as Grenache, from Tuscany to Latium, to Umbria with individual vineyards spread all over Italy where it is used as a blending wine.
Grenache is a late ripening grape and produces balanced wines with high alcohol content, if drunk young are very fruity and easy to drink, if aged, its wines become elegant and more structured. Grenache is also often blended or dried to produce dessert wines