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 Carignan (Carinena) Wine

Carignan (Cariñena in Spain) is a black-skinned grape variety, most likely native to the Aragon region of northern Spain (specifically the town of Carinena). The variety goes by a number of distinct names, depending on its precise locality. Very few of these numerous synonyms ever appear on wine labels, either due to appellation labeling laws or because Carignan's key use is as a blending component. The most famous wines in which Carignan plays a role are those from Rioja, where it is known as Mazuelo.

Carignan prefers warm, dry climates when the grape can express high tannins, acid and color. This makes it an excellent addition to red wine blends that have plenty of aroma and flavor, but lack body and depth of color. Carignan is only rarely made as a varietal wine, but the best examples can show characteristics of dark and black fruits, pepper, licorice, and spicy and savory accents.

Carignan (Carinena)
Carignan (Carinena) Grapes

Carignan is usually grown as bush vines, many of which are very old and require hand harvesting as the vines’ stems are too tough for machines. It is a late-ripening variety that is known to produce high yields if not properly cropped. This was once considered an attractive attribute of the grape, but as this can make it difficult to achieve good flavor concentration, it also led to it falling out of favor. 

In France Carignan was the most planted grape variety from the 1960s-2000, but huge vine-pull schemes in the 1980s nearly halved the grape’s total acreage by the turn of the century. Around three-quarters of France’s Carignan is located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, where it is largely produced as Vin de Table.

In Spain the best Carinena wines are found in the acclaimed Priorat region. While the grape originated in Aragon, it is nowadays more widely used in Catalonia. Carinena is not regarded particularly highly in Spain, where it plays second fiddle to Garnacha (Grenache), which itself ranks behind Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon in terms of popularity.

Other prominent growing areas are the island of Sardinia where it is known as Carignano. The hot Mediterranean climate is perfect for the old vines planted here and the resulting wine is valued for its richness and spiciness. In California it is spelled Carignane, where it is generally only used in blended wines.

Carignan is very susceptible to powdery mildew and can require extensive spraying to mitigate its vulnerabilities. For this reason, organic Carignan is extremely rare.

Synonyms include: Cariñena, Carignan Noir, Carignane, Carignano, Mazuelo, Gragnano, Pinot Evara, Samso.

Popular blends include: Southern Rhone Blend, Carignan – Grenache – Syrah, Carignan – Syrah, Carignan - Cinsault – Grenache.

Related grape varieties include: Carignan Gris, Carignan Blanc.

Food matches include:
Europe: Sardinian herbed suckling pig (porceddu), peppery Catalan sausage (salchichon de Vic)
Asia: Singaporean black pepper crab
Americas: Spicy meatballs, eggplant lasagne
Africa/Middle East: Baked meatballs (frikkadels)


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We found 329 matches for Carignan (Carinena). Click on a name below for details, scores and price history ...
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Region 
Popularity
Agricola Punica Barrua Isola dei Nuraghi IGT, Sardinia, Italy Isola dei Nuraghi IGT $40 1138
Cantina Santadi 'Terre Brune' Carignano del Sulcis Superiore, Sardinia, Italy Carignano del Sulcis $48 3036
Cantina Santadi Rocca Rubia Carignano del Sulcis Riserva, Sardinia, Italy Carignano del Sulcis $21 4618
Alegria Old Vines Carinena, Aragon, Spain Aragon $10 6264
Cantina Santadi Shardana Valli di Porto Pino IGT, Sardinia, Italy Sardinia [Sardegna] $28 7937
Cantina Santadi Grotta Rossa Carignano del Sulcis, Sardinia, Italy Carignano del Sulcis $11 9569
Sella & Mosca Terre Rare Carignano del Sulcis Riserva, Sardinia, Italy Carignano del Sulcis $15 11620
Miguel Torres Cordillera Reserva Especial Carignan, Maule Valley, Chile Maule Valley $20 12197
Joan Simo 'Les Eres' Vinyes Velles, Priorat, Spain Priorat $48 12373
Les Grands Chemins Vieilles Vignes Carignan, IGP Pays de l'Herault, France IGP Pays d'Herault $10 14336
Capichera Assaje Carignano Isola dei Nuraghi IGT, Sardinia, Italy Isola dei Nuraghi IGT $33 17189
Odfjell Orzada Carignan, Maule Valley, Chile Maule Valley $20 17464
Cantina Mesa Buio Carignano del Sulcis, Sardinia, Italy Carignano del Sulcis $16 17667
Ridge Vineyards Triangle Carignan, Sonoma County, USA Sonoma County $35 18820
Cantine Sardus Pater Is Solus Carignano del Sulcis, Sardinia, Italy Carignano del Sulcis $13 19272
Cantine Sardus Pater Arruga Carignano del Sulcis Superiore, Sardinia, Italy Carignano del Sulcis $33 19534
Beronia Mazuelo Reserva, Rioja DOCa, Spain Rioja $20 19584
Zniber Vineyards 'Amazigh' Carignan, Beni Mtir, Morocco Morocco $11 20735
Mont Rocher de la Maison d'Alliance Carignan Vieilles Vignes, IGP Pays de l'Herault, France IGP Pays d'Herault $10 20831
Celler Clos de Noi Negre Samso Vinyes Velles, Montsant, Spain Montsant $16 21684
Cline Cellars Ancient Vines Carignane, Contra Costa County, USA Contra Costa County $15 21905
Lioco Indica, Mendocino County, USA Mendocino County $20 21955
Porter Creek Old Vines Carignan, Mendocino County, USA Mendocino County $25 24231
Terra de Verema Priorat Corelium, Priorat DOCa, Spain Priorat $61 25416
Capichera Lianti Isola dei Nuraghi IGT, Sardinia, Italy Isola dei Nuraghi IGT $18 26863
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