WSET3 Palate Notes

Body - Medium,
Acid - Low,
Tannin - High,
Alcohol - Medium.

Tastes Like: Strawberry, Raspberry, Cherry, White pepper, Herbs, Spice

Grenache, also known as Garnacha in Spain, is a grape variety celebrated for its versatility and rich, fruity character. This grape thrives in warm climates and is a key component in many of the world’s most beloved wines, from robust reds to refreshing rosés.

What you can expect to taste and smell?

Grenache wines are known for their expressive aromas of red and dark berries, such as strawberry, raspberry, and cherry, often complemented by hints of white pepper, herbs, and spice.

Cool vs. Warm Climate

Cool Climate: In cooler climates, Grenache struggles to ripen fully, resulting in wines with higher acidity and lighter body, often lacking the characteristic depth of fruit flavor.

Warm/Hot Climate: In warm and hot climates, Grenache thrives, producing wines with intense fruit flavors, lower acidity, and higher alcohol levels. It ripens well even in hot conditions, making it ideal for regions with ample sunshine.

Appellations / Producers of Note

Grenache is widely grown in France, particularly in the Rhône Valley (notably Châteauneuf-du-Pape), Languedoc-Roussillon, and Provence. It is also a significant grape in Spain, especially in the regions of Rioja and Priorat. Additionally, it is cultivated in Australia, the United States (particularly California), and South Africa.

Appellations: The most notable appellations for Grenache include Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, and Côtes du Rhône in France; Priorat and Rioja in Spain; and McLaren Vale in Australia.

Producers: Prominent producers include Château Rayas and Domaine du Pégaü in France, Alvaro Palacios in Spain, and d’Arenberg in Australia.


Young Grenache wines are vibrant and fruity, ideal for early consumption.

While many Grenache wines are best enjoyed young, those from top appellations like Châteauneuf-du-Pape can age gracefully for a decade or more, developing complex tertiary flavors of leather, earth, and dried fruits.

First Published: Monday, Jun 10, 2024 Last updated: Jun 10, 2024

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