Open to all types of wine (still, fortified, sparkling, liqueur, dessert wines…), the Grenaches of the World international competition (@brings together a unique panel of judges, to discover and select the best World’s wines from the Grenache grape variety from around the World.
First of all, what´s Grenache?
Grenache, or Garnacha in Spanish, is one of the World’s most widely grown noble grape, that can be found in France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Israel, Algeria, Morocco, Argentina, South Africa, Australia and the USA (especially in California). It ripens late, so it needs hot, dry conditions such as those found in Spain, where the grape most likely originated.
It is generally spicy, berry-flavored and soft on the palate and produces wine with a relatively high alcohol content.
4th edition taking place in Zaragoza, Spain
The vine-growing assets of the Campo de Borja D.O. are very rich regarding “garnachas”. The oldest vineyards of the D.O. date back to 1145 and more than 2,000 of the 5,000 hectares of Garnacha are between 30 and 50 years old. The production is not high, but wine wise it is held in high esteem, due to the structural and aromatic complexity they give to the wines.
Grenaches of the World pre-competition tastings
Last Friday 29th January we had the honor to hold a pre-competition event in our office, an exclusive tasting experience that only took place in London, New York and Toronto.
For the event, we counted on the presence of various experts in the industry: the writer of The Wine Guy Tony Aspler (@tonyaspler), wine writers at Wine Align Michael Godel (@mgodello) and Sara d’Amato (@), the Editor of Vines Christopher Waters (@, the Ontario sommelier of the year in 2011 William Predhomme, the writer for Nathalie MacLean Debbie Ingram (@), the Editor at Vintage Assessments Michael Vaughan and the Sales Associate at Rogcowines John Praskey.
The participants could taste ten different wines from Australia, California, New York and, of course, Spain.