Grenache has made inroads into the New World wine region, but progress has been slow. Once highly prized for its ability to produce plenty of wine suitably high in alcohol, Grenache has fallen out of favor in many regions over the past decades in favor of more popular varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
In some regions -- particularly the dry, hot areas of California and Australia -- Grenache still plays an important, if less glamorous role. In California, it continues to make up a good portion of propriety wine; you know the types -- Hearty Burgundy, anyone?
In Australia, on the other hand, it is still a popular grape (though it is no longer the county’s most commonly planted -- a distinction it enjoyed until the second half of the 20th century), which is used frequently in the production of Australia’s port-style dessert wines.