A red grape variety originally from Spain
Grenache Noir, also known as Alicante, is a red grape variety originally from Spain. Medium to large clusters and medium-size grapes are characteristic of this type of variety. It gives high-quality fruit and is hardy and productive, but is susceptible to coulure when it flowers (usually between June 5 and 15). It is highly resistant to drought, but prone to dead-arm disease. Grenache Noir has been cultivated in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France since the Middle Ages, and was most likely introduced to the region by pilgrims returning from the Camino de Santiago. Grenache Noir grapes make up 60% of all Southern Rhône vineyards, and is the base variety for most southern reds and some rosés. Grenache wines are full-bodied and boast a dense mouthfeel and a broad aromatic palate, with an intricate bouquet that runs from red fruits to hints of chocolate. Blended Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines are made primarily from Grenache. Grenache wines have a naturally high alcohol content and low acidity.