Carignan is a workhorse grape of France and Spain, its ancestral home, where it goes by Cariñena. It is getting renewed interest for its intense color, acid and tannins that it can add to a blend. It has been successful as a Rosé and is occasionally bottled on its own, but it remains primarily a blending wine.
Guide to Rhone Blends
Find out why blended wines are an integral part of history