Originating from the Spanish medieval Aragonese Empire, the Grenache (or Garnacha, in Spain) grape grows well in warmer climates and generally ripens late. This climatic propensity means that it is now grown widely across the world. The grapes can be anything from black or red, to grey or white.
Grenache produces a pale juice that lacks acid and tannin, so it is often blended with other grapes to make up for these deficiencies. With 80% Grenache, Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a notable example of these blends. The pale juice is also ideal for making rosé. The grape has characteristic notes of red berries, although low yielding vines can become more complex.
There are currently investigations into the potential for making fine wine from a Granache clone, the Hairy Grenache (Garnacha Peluda) which have a much thicker skin and very fine hairs on their leaves.