South Africa’s top 10 fastest-growing grape plantings

4. Grenache (Rooi)


2011: 207.72 ha

2015: 322.24 ha

Number of hectares added: 114.52

% change: 55.1%

Grenache, also known as Garnacha, is a late-ripening variety that thrives in hot, dry conditions. It is one of the most widely planted red grape varieties in the world and typically results in red fruit flavours of raspberry and strawberry with notes of white pepper spice. Due to its general lack of acid, tannin and colour, Grenache is often used as a blending component, and is the dominant variety in most Southern Rhône wines, especially in Châteauneuf-du-Pape where it generally accounts for 80% of the blend.

In South Africa, there is growing interest in Grenache, which is increasingly being used to produce single varietal wines, as well as blends. Among those experimenting with the variety as a single varietal are small boutique producers such as Diemersdal and David Sadie, as well as larger producers such as Distell.

Fun fact: The grape is thought to have originated in Spain, as Garnacha, with the first mention reported to have been in 1513 Gabriel Alonso de Herrera’s Agricultura General under the name Aragones, which described a black-berried variety from Madrid. 

One Response to “South Africa’s top 10 fastest-growing grape plantings”

  1. Isaac says:

    I want to farm grape in Ghana, I want the one that is very sweet without seed.
    Could you please help me with contacts in South Africa where I can get grape plant to develop my seeding for planting.

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