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 celebrates the high-quality wines made from the grape known as both Garnacha and Grenache. Whether you opt for a red, white, rosé, sparkling, or fortified sweet wine to raise a glass with, there’s no better way to enjoy the festivities than with a Grenache wine from the grape’s European birthplace PDO and PGI regions.
The Garnacha grape hails from the PDO regions of Calatayud, Campo de Borja, Cariñena, Somontano and Terra Alta in northeastern Spain, and the PDO and PGI regions of Roussillon in southern France. It has over 2,000 years of history of planting in these vineyards, as carbon dating shows that Grenache was planted here as early as 153 BCE. The European Union’s Geographical Indication (GI) quality schemes also work to ensure and protect the unique characteristics of these PDO and PGI wines, as well as all European GI products, which are linked to both human and environmental factors in their EU origins. In the hot, dry, sunny climate of these birthplace regions, the Garnacha grape reaches new heights, with well-adapted old vines digging deep into the soil to make complex, long-lived wines. So, there’s no truer varietal expression of Grenache to drink on Garnacha Grenache Day.
To celebrate the grape known as both Garnacha and Grenache, several in-person events will be held in San Francisco on the days leading up to Garnacha Day, including an influencer dinner on September 18 and a media dinner on September 19. Advertisements and educational overviews will also be published in national printed and online publications like Wine Enthusiast, SevenFifty Daily, and VinePair, reaching wine lovers across the U.S.
But anyone can join in the celebrations for Garnacha Grenache Day on September 20! Just follow and use the hashtag #GarnachaDay on Twitter to connect with other Grenache lovers and learn about one of the world’s top grape varieties. No matter what your preferences are, there’s a Garnacha wine out there for you, as Grenache is not just a single variety; it’s a family of red, white, grey, and peluda grapes. And in the PDO and PGI regions of northeastern Spain and French Roussillon, all can be found in these European vineyards. Whether it’s a fresh and fruity white, a lively, red-fruited rosé, a concentrated, spicy red, or a balanced, long-lived fortified sweet wine, any European Grenache wine will make Garnacha Grenache Day complete.
To discover more about this fascinating variety, including its European heritage, the EU’s PDO, PGI, and quality schemes, styles of Garnacha, and food pairing ideas, explore our GarnachaGrenache.com website ahead of Garnacha Grenache Day.
But if nothing else, pour yourself a glass and join in the fun!