Nine of the world’s greatest Grenaches

Patrick Schmitt MW selects the best Grenaches money can buy following a series of masterclasses in London, Hong Kong and New York.

Since 2015, db has been promoting the greatness of Grenache through a series of educational comparative tastings around the world in partnership with Yangarra Estate

Since 2015, the drinks business has been promoting the greatness of Grenache through a series of educational comparative tastings around the world in partnership with Yangarra Estate, a property based in the McLaren Vale, and owned by Jackson Family Wines.

During these events, we have presented a selection of top-end, mostly varietal Grenaches with Yangarra winemaker, Peter Fraser, who is a specialist regarding the grape, having made wine from at the property since 2000, where he crafts the flagship High Sands Grenache, created using biodynamically-farmed fruit from bush vines planted as long ago as 1946.

The aim of these events has not only been to show wine buyers and commentators how good Grenache-based wines can be, but also the best places to grow the grape, and the stylistic variation possible.

Having held masterclasses around the world over a number of years, we have now compiled a selection of ten of the top Grenaches on the market today.

We are aware that other great examples exist, and further suggestions are always welcome, but all the wines below prove that Grenache, in db’s view, can be used to create truly fine wine.

2 Responses to “Nine of the world’s greatest Grenaches”

  1. “Our next great varietal Grenache comes from Spain, but not to any of the traditional well-known regions for this grape (above all Navarra and Rioja), but the relatively new appellation of Montsant, which in fact surrounds the more famous Priorat.”
    Rioja isn’t really well known for its Grenache and if it is, I wouldn’t understand why? Almost all of the Grenache in Rioja is grown in the southern part (Rioja Baja) and until Grenache’s recent spike in popularity, was considered a poorer part of Rioja and Grenache was only used as part of some of the Gran Reserva blends.
    The best regions for Grenache right now in Spain are Navarra, Aragón, parts of Catalonia like Terra Alta, Montsant and Priorat and the regions around Madrid and Mentrida.

  2. In Aragón there are three regions where Grenache is the principal variety and where there are many old vine, low yielding vineyards. They are Campo de Borja, Calatayud and Cariñena.

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