Are Grenache and Garnacha the same?
Grenache and garnacha are the same grape but are they different because they grow in different countries?
I believe Grenache and Garnacha are both ultimately the same grape, just that one version is the French name, Grenache, and the latter name is Spanish. At one point the names use to give indication of the region of origin. However, now there are Grenache vines grown out of France, (in the US) and Garnacha grown out of Spain (in South America).
Sep 12, 2011 at 2:55pm
Garnacha is the Spanish name given to the red grapes referred to as Grenache in France and the United States. Grenache is one of the world’s most commonly harvested grapes of the red varietal. It is considered one of the easier grapes to grow and ferment. The crop endures through long hot summer season; the grapes ripen at a slower rate the other reds, and enjoy the toasty sun and warm summer rains.
Older Garnacha vines yield less fruit but are believe to produce higher quality grapes, as color and flavors concentrate in fewer fruits; which in turn give the wine a richer flavor and complexity.
The name variation does distinguish a bit the region and the bottle, normally in France, Grenache is used on mixed varietal wines. In Spain, Garnacha is highly use in single varietal production. As Lolita above stated, at one point the version of the name use to identify the region, and the quality of the grape, now that is a bit harder to pin point.
Sep 12, 2011 at 3:04pm
Yup, simply put, the same grape. Just a regional name difference, like Monastrell/Mouvedre
Sep 12, 2011 at 5:53pm