Exploring White Garnacha from Europe on National White Wine Day

The intensity of White Garnacha (Grenache Blanc) is recognizable from the first sip. This full-bodied white wine amazes wine lovers with its herbaceous and citrus notes and versatile pairings. Nothing better when you want to explore European Quality Grenache Blanc from the PDOs and PGIs of Spain and France this National White Wine Day [...]

Grenaches du Monde 2020 International Competition: a challenging edition celebrated in Europe

  Last September the 14th, the opening ceremony of the 8th edition of Grenaches du Monde International Contest took place in IGP Pays D'Oc  in Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie, France).  The land of Grenache rosés was this edition’s host region and chose Montpellier as its main spot for several tastings occurred from September the 14th to the 17th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQU_WwGWYP4   Grenaches [...]

A Master Sommelier thoughts on Global Warming and the role European Garnacha Grenache could play in it

By Laura Fiorvanti MS There is no denying the effects of global warming on the world; in agriculture, nature and hence the wine industry. Wine grapes historically grow best in a narrow band of land around the world where climates are moderate and promote the balance of acidity and ripeness of fruit. The effects [...]

European Garnacha-Grenache: a beautiful pairing between Wine and History

By Hoke Harden I was pleased when asked to conduct a seminar/tasting on European Garnacha-Grenache at FEAST Portland 2019. Not only am I an admirer of the grape variety and its incredibly diverse iterations, the amateur historian in me revels at the intricately intertwined story of European Garnacha's expansion, part and parcel of the Crown [...]

European Classics: Red Garnacha from Spain and Grenache from France

With an eye towards quality, the European Union Geographical Indications (GIs), Protected Geographical Indications (PGIs), and Protected Designations of Origin (PDOs) works to ensure and protect specific products to promote their unique characteristics, which are linked to their geographical EU origin as well as traditional know-how. This allows consumers to trust products, including wine, [...]

Celebrate Garnacha (a.k.a. Grenache) Day with the Original European Wines!

    It’s time to get out the corkscrew and polish the glasses because it’s almost time to celebrate a favorite wine holiday: Garnacha Grenache Day, to be held this year on September 20. Though there are plenty of grape celebrations out there, few others include a more versatile range than Garnacha Grenache Day, which [...]

Discover the different terroirs of European Quality Wines

By Laura Fiorvanti MS In my first blog post, I discussed my passion for European Grenache/Garnacha and her love for the Mediterranean climate. Another reason why the grape is so versatile and has many expressions is that it can grow in many different soils.  The vines' adaptability is likely the reason Grenache Noir is one [...]

Summer’s best kept secret: European Garnacha Rosado and Grenache Rosé

By Deborah Parker Wong The PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) EU mark identifies a product originating in a specific place, region or country, whose quality or characteristics are essentially or exclusively due to a particular geographical environment with its inherent natural (raw materials, environmental characteristics, location) and human (traditional and artisanal production) factors the production, processing [...]

Five reasons to love Grenache /Garnacha Blanc and Gris from Europe

By Deborah Parker Wong Geographic Indications (GI), Protected Designation of Origins (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indications (PGI) protect the name of a product, which is from a specific region and follow a particular traditional production process. Product names registered as PDO are those that have the strongest links to the place in which they are made. PGI emphasizes the relationship [...]

European Quality Wines: Focus on Vins Doux Naturels

By Deborah Parker Wong EU quality policy aims at protecting the names of specific products to promote their unique characteristics, linked to their geographical origin as well as traditional know-how. Product names can be granted with a 'geographical indication' (GI) if they have a specific link to the place where they are made. The GI recognition enables [...]

PGI and PDO European Quality Schemes: How These Certifications Ensure the Excellence of Grenache Wines

Garnacha/Grenache wines are underrated European agricultural products recognized for traditional cultivation, quality, and prestige with their certification in two European Union quality schemes; “PGI,” or protected geographical indication, and “PDO,” protected designation of origin. Based on the guidelines set by the European Union in 2012 for agricultural commodities, these quality schemes ensure that products [...]

Fast and Curious: Discover European Garnacha/Grenache

How well do you know Garnacha (a.k.a) Grenache? Whether you’re an expert or a newbie, there’s always more to learn, even in 10 questions. And with a myriad of styles – red, white, rosé, sparkling, and fortified sweet – from the grape’s European birthplace regions of Calatayud, Campo de Borja, Cariñena, Somontano, and Terra Alta [...]

Cheers to European Quality Schemes on Europe Day!

Happy Europe Day! Thanks to the European institutions, regulations and standards established, we can enjoy many European products that we´ve come to value. For example, did you know that the EU is responsible for certifying the quality of wine, amongst other products, by ensuring and protecting their origin throughout Europe? Through the strict legal European [...]

Join us at Pebble Beach Food & Wine 2019!

European Quality Garnacha/Grenache Program will participate at Pebble Beach Food & Wine 2019. Join us from April 11-14th on the premier epicurean lifestyle event on the West Coast! https://cdn.ssmedia.com/videos/clm/pbfw/PBFW-BG-720p.mp4 About the event: Pebble Beach Food & Wine is the premier epicurean lifestyle event on the West Coast, matching 250 acclaimed wineries and 100 celebrity chefs to [...]

European Quality Certification: PDO, PGI & TSG explained

PDO and PGI products represent excellence in European food production and are both the result of a unique combination of human and environmental factors characteristic of a certain geographical area. For this reason the European union dictates precise regulations for their safeguarding, providing for the institution of specific quality norms that protect consumers and provide [...]

US/Asia Tender results announcement

Asociación para la Promoción del Vino de Garnacha - Garnacha Origen and Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins du Roussillon (CIVR) today announce the final results of Asia and US Tenders, details of which were made public on January 22nd, 2019. Hereby we thank all participants for their interest and qualitative proposals and congratulate the awarded companies based on the [...]

7 European Quality Garnacha (a.k.a. Grenache) wines to Pair with your Takeout

by HONEST COOKING Partner post: Discover the European grape, Garnacha/Grenache.  We’re busy. You’re busy. It’s a crazy time of the year! Just because you don’t have time to cook a big dinner, doesn’t mean you can’t have a nice meal paired with wine from the old world. Check out these takeout and European Garnacha wine duos. [...]


The European Union co-finances information and promotion programmes for agricultural products on the internal market and in third countries in accordance with Regulation (EU) 1144/2014 of the European Parliament and the Council. These rules lay down the procedure, the agricultural products covered by these programmes and the countries in which they may be developed. [...]


CONTRACTING ENTITIES have entered into a Grant Agreement with the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency of the European Union (“CHAFEA”), and are selecting an Agency to develop the so-called “European Garnacha/Grenache Quality Wines Multi Program in Asia” (“the Program”). 1. Type of Tender: Open Call for Tender. 2. Contracting entities: a) ASOCIACION [...]

Synergies between French Grenache and Spanish Garnacha

by HONEST COOKINGPartner post: Discover the European grape, Garnacha/Grenache.  Synergies between European Garnacha/Grenache wines from Spain and France, and the qualities that bring them together Image by DinexDesign One says Garnacha, another bottle reads Grenache. What gives? How can a grape be both Spanish and French? It’s European! Let’s dive into the wonderful world of Garnacha/Grenache wines! [...]

A guide to the different European Garnacha/Grenache Appellations

by HONEST COOKINGPartner post: Discover the European grape, Garnacha/Grenache. If you’ve ever spent time studying a wine label (We for sure have, especially amidst the aisles of a wine shop.), you might have noticed that some European wines have a EU quality logo stamped on their side. And if you don’t see the logo, you might only [...]

Old Vines from the old continent making New Wines: Garnacha & Grenache

by Christy Canterbury MW Today’s epicenter of Garnacha stretches from its birthplace in Aragon, Spain northeast across the border into France’s Roussillon, where it is known as Grenache. In this small European portion of the globe, Garnacha/Grenache remains a centerpiece in most prevalent wine styles. Twenty years ago a new generation of winemakers gave [...]

The enduring renown of European Grenache/Garnacha

By Frédéric Arnould What’s not to love about Grenache, the versatile European grape variety that has been able to adapt to so many different terroirs, vinification techniques and winemaking styles? Whether you call it Grenache, Garnacha or, like some, “the Pinot Noir of the South,” this ever-more-popular grape is more than a passing trend.   [...]

Grenache-Garnacha: The many sides of the European grape that’s all the rage

By Joanie Métivier. Known as Garnacha in Spain and Grenache in France, this versatile European grape, formerly known as “tinta de Aragón” or Aragon’s red after its native region, is enjoying a well-deserved return to the spotlight. And here’s a little-known fact: Grenache is the seventh most widely planted grape in the world. For some [...]

European Garnacha/Grenache is Arguably the Most Eco-Friendly Grape in the World  

by Christy Canterbury MW Garnacha, also known as Grenache, is arguably one of the most eco-friendly grapes in the world. It has stood the test of time in its motherland of Spain. Garnacha seeds and leaves have been carbon dated back to 153 BCE, and its first known written reference dates back to 1513. [...]

3 Sommeliers on Why They Love Garnacha/Grenache Wines From Europe

by HONEST COOKING To Sommeliers, arguably the most knowledgeable wine people in the world, how do Grenache wines from Europe rank? We chatted with three different wine professionals to hear what they love about these European wines and how they like to pair them with food. First up, Adelf Moral, a man with many hats. [...]

All you need to know about European Grenache/Garnacha’s characteristics and social aspects 

by Michael Pinkus Everybody is always talking about, and looking for, the next big thing in the wine world so let the questions rage: Will it be a country? Will it be a grape? Will it be a style? Will it be a winemaker? There are truly no shortage of possible answers – but [...]

Behind the Scenes of One of the Old World’s Oldest Grapes

OCTOBER 16, 2018 by HONEST COOKING Partner post: Discover the European grape, Garnacha/Grenache.  Garnacha aka Grenache aka “The Mediterranean Grape” is one of the world’s oldest grape varietals. Being extremely versatile and delicious, it’s a classic for a reason. This famed can be found growing in countries around the globe, but truly thrives in its hometown [...]

The new Pinot Noir? 

Well, although this very particular grape is not new at all, it’s been getting broader worldwide recognition during the last two decades, with a new generation of  Garnacha winemakers in Europe are taking a new approach on the variety. In the recent times, it has also become a trend, and one way for better explain [...]

Grenaches du Monde 2018: a record edition celebrated in Europe

Last April the 14th, the closing ceremony of the sixth edition of Grenaches du Monde International Contest took place in PDO Terra Alta (Catalonia, Spain).  The land of white Garnacha was this edition’s host region and chose Gandesa as its main spot for several tastings occurred from April 12 to April 14. Grenaches du [...]

Europe will host the VI International Garnacha/Grenache Contest

Every year since 2013, a unique occasion for celebrating Garnacha/Grenache wines from all over the world takes place: this is Grenaches du Monde, an exciting competition where more than 100 professional judges a wide selection of the grape from diverse geographical indications. The event, born and coordinated by the CIVR (Interprofessional Council of Wines [...]

European Quality Garnacha/Grenache: The New Hit Grape from the Old World

Spain and France join forces with the European Commission to unveil the grape’s true potential in North America Garnacha Origen Association and Wines of Roussillon (Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins du Roussillon) are thrilled to announce their alliance in launching “Garnacha/Grenache: The New Hit Grape from the Old World,” a three-year European Union co-funded campaign [...]

Crisp Autumn Wines

As temperatures begin to drop and green foliage changes to golden hues, the Northern Hemisphere welcomes the arrival of autumn. Hazy summer nights are replaced by crisp, cool ones and sandals are swapped out for sweaters. While some may lament the departure of warmer days, the seasonal change brings along the exciting return to [...]