by Beth Heiserman
The climate Grenache likes best is hot, dry and windy, which is why Agua Dulce is ideal for growing these red wine varietals. These grapes ripen quite a bit later than most varietals. Grenache can be noir, blanc, gris or rosé, and these grapes are mainly grown in France, Australia,Sardinia/Italy and California’s Central Valley.
Ampelography, or the study of different vines, all started in the mid-1800s, when experts worked to identify and classify grapevines. It helped them to determine which vines were resistant to disease, such as the powdery mildew of pests known as phylloxera.
Grenache grapes were, most likely, brought from Spain.When it’s blended with Syrah and Mourvedre in Australia and France, Grenache may dominate the other flavors in wine. Sometimes blended with Syrah and Mourvedre in Australia and France, in the Rhone region of France it is generally blended with most wines. Grenache Noir is the prevailing varietal of the blend Chateauneuf du Pape.