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A grape steeped in Australian winemaking history, grenache is far more than just a handy addition to a blend. With a natural sweetness and fresh, elegant taste it's no wonder grenache is enjoying a resurgence.
The hot, dry and extreme climate of Australia can offer a serious challenge to grapes, with wine production isolated to a few places that offer far more moderate conditions. It could be argued that the Barossa Valley, Margaret River and the Yarra Valley don’t play host to "traditional" Australian conditions – they’re really the exception to the rule. Move 100km away from each of these areas and the weather quickly gets inhospitable to the European vines that we rely on for our Australian wines.
An Australian tradition
- Leading the grenache resurgence, d’Arenberg now purchase up to half of all the McLaren Vale grenache year on year to produce both 100% varietal and GSM wines.
- McLaren Vale winery Wirra Wirra’s famous Church Block blend was initially made with 70% grenache, but this percentage dropped until the grape was fully removed from the blend.
- The third Friday in September is International Grenache Day – it’s the perfect opportunity to share a bottle of Australian winemaking history with friends!