International Grenache Day 2013

International Grenache Day is celebrated around the world on the third Friday of September, so this year it is Friday 20 September.

Grenache is one of the most popular grape varieties in the world. It originates in Spain where it is known as Garnacha, and is Spain's most widely planted grape. 

It needs hot dry conditions, which is why it is grown in Spain, the south of France, California and South Australia. It is often used to make rose wines and is frequently blended with other varieties such as Shiraz, Mataro, Carignan, Tempranillo and Cinsault.

In Australia the choice for drinking is between straight Grenache and GSM blends, Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro (Mourvedre).

Grenache wines can be cellared in the short term, but are generally best drunk young, although the better wines will age.

Expect Grenache to taste of red fruits, strawberry and raspberry, and develop leather, tar and toffee flavours as it ages. It can be quite sweet, with confectionery flavours, and high in alcohol. 

What to drink on International Grenache Day?

Here are some suggestions that we can recommend at various price points.


Yalumba Old Bush Vine Grenache $18

Jasper Hill Cornella Grenache $55

S.C. Pannell Grenache $57

Clarendon Hills Romas Grenache $109

GSM and other blends

Henschke Henry's Seven - Shiraz, Grenache and Viognier $24

d'Arenberg d'Arrys Original Shiraz Grenache $17

Kalleske Clarry's Grenache Shiraz Mataro $19

Torbreck Cuvee Juveniles Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre $20

John Duval Plexus Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre $33

Henschke Johann's Garden Grenache Mourvedre Shiraz $38

Torbreck The Steading Grenache Shiraz Mataro $43

Charles Melton Nine Popes Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre $75