Grenache noir is a flexible grape variety, used for the production of red, sparkling, sweet and fortified wines.
The variety seems to have originated in Cariñena, Aragon in the north east of Spain, from where it was spread to other lands in the then kingdom, including Sardinia, Sicily and Naples, as well as Roussilon and Corsica in France, which used to be part of the region. By the 18th Century, the variety was well established in Languedoc, Southern Rhone and Provence.
The phylloxera epidemic of the late 19th Century also indirectly boosted plantings, as farmers tended to replace affected vineyards with the highly vigorous, easy to graft Grenache. The variety has over time become one of the most widely planted grapes, especially around the Mediterranean.
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