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Grenache Wine Grapes

Grenache Wines- A Path of Resurgence in Australia

Grenache is a type of red grape variety. These grapes are believed to be of European origin, particularly from the Spanish wine growing regions. These red wine grapes are characterised by late ripening and have high content of alcohol. These grow well in the hot and dry regions and bear these climatic influences in their style and flavour. These grape varieties are known to be highly prone to oxidation. This makes Grenache wines spicy. These are soft on palette.

Grenache Wine Grapes

Grenache Wine Grapes

The journey of this grape variety to Australia can be traced to the pioneering efforts of two gentlemen- James Busby and Dr C R Penfold. James Busby bought the plantings of this grape variety from Europe in his famous collection of 1832, which actually paved the way for modern viticulture in Australia. South Australia became the first home of these grape varieties. In particular, the wine regions of McLaren Vale, Clare Valley and Barossa Valley took the lead in growing Grenache grapes.

The craze for growing this grape variety was such that this was the most planted grape variety in the whole of Riverland region. Early on, this was used mostly for making the fortified Port-styled wines. No doubt, this was the king of grapes for the fortified wines which were the craze of wine lovers. However, the preferences changed soon thereafter and with the introduction of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon wines, this grape variety was replaced in vineyards.

Grenache Wines

For the past 4-5 decades, there seems to be a renewal of interest in the Grenache wines in Australia. Besides the single Grenache wines, this was also being used in making the blends. The popularity of the GSM blends is well known. This blend comprised of Grenache, Shiraz and Mouvedre. Many popular Australian wine brands produce this wine varietal, though it is mostly used in making the blends now. Some of these brands are Wirra Warra, Elderton Estate, Reilly’s, Richard Hamilton, Yaldara Reserve, Robert Oatley Cumulus Rolling, Heathcote Estate and others.

Verdelho Wine Brands Australia

Famous Verdelho Wines Brands of Australia

Verdelho wine grapes are grown in two regions in Australia- Hunter Valley in New South Wales and Margaret River Valley region in Western Australia. The former is home to many noted wineries producing Verdelho wines in Australia.

Verdelho Wine Brands Australia

Verdelho Wine Brands Australia

Some of the popular Verdelho wineries and their respective regions are given in table below:

Famous Wine Brands Wine Region
Rivendell Estate Margaret River Valley, WA
Cockfighters Ghost Hunter Valley, NSW
Island Brooke Estate Margaret River Valley, WA
Jarvis Estate Margaret River Valley, WAS
Krinklewood Hunter Valley, NSW
Tyrrell’s Old Winery Hunter Valley, NSW
Split Rock Reserve Hunter Valley, NSW
Kingsley Grove Hunter Valley, NSW
First Creek Hunter Valley, NSW
Allandale Hunter Valley, NSW
Peel Estate Margaret River Valley, WA
De Bortoli Hunter Valley, NSW
Catherine Vale Hunter Valley, NSW
Pinelli Estate Swan Valley
Bird Dog Granite Belt
Table Talk Late Harvest Margaret Valley, WA
Sandalford Estate Margaret Valley, WA
Sandalyn Wilderness Estate Hunter Valley, NSW
James Estate Hunter Valley, NSW
Moonrise Estate Granite Belt, Queensland
Ashbrooke Estate Margaret River Valley, WA
Margan the Originals Hunter Valley, NSW
Kalari Semi Cowra, NSW
Dunsborough Hills Margaret River Valley, NSW
Three Ponds Hunter Valley, NSW