Grenache is the French name, and Garnacha the Spanish, of this great red grape variety, the most planted in the world. There are often heated discussions as to which country has the historical right to it but, politics aside, it is a widely popular and successful grape in the hottest of regions. Perhaps it is best known for being the lead grape in the blend of the wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This classic Grenache, Syrah and Mouvèdre blend of the Rhone is repeated across the south of France as well as throughout Australia, California and South Africa. In Spain, it is famous for being a key component in the reds of Rioja and Priorat. If we go back to France, we shouldn't forget that it is also made into many successful sweet and fortified Vin Doux Naturel wines specifically in Rivesaltes. 

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