Best Garnacha Wine

Garnacha, as it’s known in Spain, is probably most commonly known as Grenache in the rest of the world and is one of the most widely planted grape varieties. Garnacha is responsible for some of the most delicious and some of the most expensive wines in the world.  The most exalted wine regions in France for Garnacha is the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region in the southern Rhone Valley. About 80% of the Chateauneuf-du-Pape blend is Garnacha.

Garnacha’s origins go back to Spain in the Aragon region, known as Garnacha.  It was well established on both sides of the Pyrenees when France annexed the Roussillon region.  From there, it made its way to the southern Rhone region and was introduced to Australia in the 18th century.  

In Australia today, it is widely blended with Syrah and Mourvedre to make the well-known GSM wine.  In the 19th century,  Garnacha found its way to California, where it was praised for its high yields and its ability to withstand heat and drought.

My reviews of these Garnacha red wines are updated weekly. These Garnacha red wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Garnacha wine at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Garnacha in my wine matcher. This is just a small set of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.

Atteca Old Vines, Bodegas Ateca Garnacha 2007
D.O., Calatayud, Spain
This wine is made from garnacha grapes grown on vines 80 to 120 years old. Mocha, espresso notes encase the fleshy blackberry. Alcohol: 14.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $21.95 Score: 90/100

This Garnacha was reviewed December 5, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

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Cerro Añon Reserva Bodegas Olarra Tempranillo Garnacha Mazuelo 2006
D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain
Toasty oak and dark fruit on the nose. Gorgeous, supple texture, full-bodied weight and great length. This is perfect for potluck gatherings or movie night. This wine is a blend of 80% Tempranillo, 5% Garnacha and 15% Mazuelo that is matured for 20 months in American oak. dry, smoky finish. Tempranillo Garnacha Mazuelo food pairings: lightly spiced grilled chicken and mushrooms, chili, Cuban black bean soup, short ribs, turkey. Alcohol: 14%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2012‐2016  Charming Grilled Chicken Wine  Price: $17.95 Score: 87/100

This Tempranillo Garnacha Mazuelo was reviewed July 20, 2013 by Natalie MacLean

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Muga Reserva Tempranillo Garnacha (Grenache)  Mazuelo Graciano 2007
D.O.C.A., Rioja, Spain
Vintages Wine Panel: Muga’s Reserva is a seductive wine with supple and dense fruit flavors as well as notes of cedar, spice, vanilla and coconut. Regularly on the receiving end of high praise from publications like Wine Spectator, this is a blend of 70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha (Grenache) and 10% of Mazuelo and Graciano. Part of the VINTAGES Essentials Collection. My note: I recommend this lovely wine year after year: what a terrific producer! Full-bodied goodness is wrapped in aromas of black pepper, plum, kirsch, coffeed oak and dried herbs. A wine that will take you on a mini vacation mentally and then bring you back gently. Tempranillo Garnacha (Grenache) Mazuelo Graciano food pairings: meat paella or hearty and spicy beef, game stews. Alcohol: 13%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $24.95 Score: 93/100

This Tempranillo Garnacha (Grenache) Mazuelo Graciano was reviewed April 11, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

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Corona Del Aragon Old Vine Garnacha 2009
Medium- to full-bodied with dark fruit and some oak. Simple and tasty. Garnacha food pairings: steak, brisket. Alcohol: 13.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2010‐2014  Price: $11.75 Score: 83/100

This Garnacha was reviewed June 22, 2012 by Natalie MacLean

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Papa Luna Garnacha Monastrell Mazuelo 2007
D.O., Calatayud, Spain
A total of 5000 cases were made this wine, which is a blend of 70% Garnacha (70-100 year-old vines), 25% Monastrell and 5% Mazuelo. It was matured five months in French and American oak. Gorgeous notes of violets, kirsch, blackberry and hickory smoke. A supple, silky wine with full-bodied richness. Alcohol: 14.5%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Drink: 2009‐2014  Price: $16.95 Score: 89/100

This Garnacha Monastrell Mazuelo was reviewed October 24, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

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Garnacha vines have a strong wood canopy and are known for their upright growth.  The Garnacha vine has good wind tolerance, but it buds early and ripens late, so it needs a long, hot dry season.  This could explain why Garnacha does so well in southern France, Australia and Spain.  It can be challenging for a winemaker, because Garnacha oxidizes easily and loses color. The grape’s thin skin and pale color makes it perfect for full-bodied fruity rose wines that add a different side to its character.

Garnacha has other synonyms around the world, including Grenache, Aleante, Aragones, Grenache Noir, Bois Jaune and Tinto are just a few of the over 40 synonyms.  Garnacha is known for aromas of raspberry, cherry and blackberry and an underlying earthy note.  It is generally soft and spicy on the palate with flavors of cherry and fig and tends to be high in alcohol content but low on acidity, color and tannins.   

When Garnacha is blended with other red grapes, it adds body and sweetness to a wine.  

Garnacha pairs well with turkey and soft cheeses like Jarlsberg and Gouda.  It also pairs very well with roasted pork and lamb and when it's blended with Syrah and Mourvedre it can also tackle the hefty meats.