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Grenache (Garnacha) is a red-wine grape grown extensively in France, Spain, Australia and the United States. It is a particularly versatile both in the vineyard and the winery, which may explain why it is one of the most widely distributed grapes in the world.
Grenache is the French (and most internationally recognized) name for the grape, but it has a number of synonyms. In Spain, where it is grown extensively, it is known as Garnacha, and on the island of Sardinia it has been known for centuries as Cannonau. Some believe that the grape originated in Sardinia, and was taken back to Spain by the Aragonese, who occupied the island in the 14th Century.
Banyuls wines come from the south-eastern corner of Roussillon, southern France, just a few miles from the border with Spain. These sweet vins doux naturels come in wide range of hues, from golden-green (Banyuls Blanc) to amber (Banyuls Ambré) and the intense garnet of the standard Banyuls Rouge.
Unusual among France's vins doux naturels, all Banyuls wines are made predominantly from Grenache grapes of various colors. The Muscat varieties (the mainstay of southern France's sweet wines) are permitted for use, but only in very small proportions. Dark-skinned Grenache Noir is by far the dominant and preferred var ...more
As suggested by the double-barreled name, Languedoc-Roussillon was once two independent regions – Languedo...more
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