International Grenache Day is dedicated to the Grenache or Garnacha grape variety. This day makes it possible to enjoy not only these juicy berries but also the rich wine which is obtained from them. Celebrated every third Friday in September, in 2022 it falls on September 16th.
The celebration was first held in 2010 at the Grenache Symposium. This organization holds events and competitions every few years to promote this grape variety and the wine made from it.
Grenache is one of the most widespread and unpretentious grape varieties grown on six continents. The main condition for obtaining a good harvest is a hot and dry climate. For this reason, it is mostly cultivated in Spain. Two of its varieties are especially valued there: Red Garnacha and Garnacha Blanca. Grapes are often used to create an assemblage – they are combined with Tempranillo or Syrah varieties, for example.
The wine from this grape is quite strong. The bouquet reveals bright tones of red garden berries and pepper motives in the aftertaste. The sweetness of the first sip is replaced by spice and slight astringency. Grenache wine goes well with grilled meat.
- The Grenache grape variety is resistant to high temperatures, droughts, and strong winds.
- In terms of cultivation, Grenache ranks fifth in the world among red grape varieties.
- The total cultivation area is about 150 thousand hectares.
How to take part
International Grenache Day is a great occasion to taste the grape itself, as well as the wine made from it. Gather with family or friends and spend this evening together, enjoying the bright and slightly spicy taste of Grenache wine.
A great option for celebrating is a trip to Spain, where you can taste local wine and enjoy the mesmerizing vineyards that stretch for hundreds of meters.
Learn more about the characteristics of Grenache grapes grown in different countries. The place and climate significantly affect the taste and aroma, bringing new notes to the wine.
When is International Grenache Day celebrated in 2023?
International Grenache Day is observed on September 17 each year.