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Your guide to Grenache: Europe's juiciest grape variety

The latest addition to our award-winning canned wine range, Grenache, is a bit of an unsung hero. Although one of the most widely planted grapes in the world, it may not be on everyone’s radar – at least not as a standalone variety – but it should be.

 

This hardy grape thrives in hot, dry climates like its native northern Spain, where it’s known as Garnacha, but also Australia, South Africa and Southern France, particularly Southern Rhône. If you’ve ever sampled a bottle of the celebrated Châteauneuf-du-Pape or a Priorat, it’s likely that Grenache was an important part of the blend.

 

It can produce a huge variety of white, rosé and red wines – from punchy, full-bodied reds to medium-sweet table whites – but the common factors across them all are a naturally high alcohol content, usually around 14-16%, and extraordinary levels of ripeness.

 

We’re spoiling you with two new additions showcasing this luscious grape: a fresh Grenache rosé from France and a full-bodied Spanish old vine Garnacha.

 

If you take a sip of the rosé, you’ll taste tangy citrus flavours of grapefruit and orange followed by a warm peppery spice and sweet strawberry. We searched for a long time to find a unique rosé to add to our range, so we can’t compare this to anything else, but if you like dry, fruit-forward rosés you should definitely try this. It pairs beautifully with goat’s cheese and picnic foods like sausage rolls.

 

Now let’s crack open a can of the red. This punchy wine has a rich palate, full of chocolate-coated cherries and plum, with a soft, smooth finish. Give this a go if you like full-bodied reds from the Rhône valley or the new world. We’d recommend having it alongside smokey sweet potato chilli or a steak sandwich.