Among some wine consumers, Grenache may not be as well-known as Australia’s major red varieties of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. However, Grenache has a distinguished history in world and Australian wine production, and the latest sales data suggest the recent resurgence in its popularity continues.
Grenache is performing well in the Australian on-trade market. According to Wine Business Solutions, Grenache is the fourth most listed red wine in the on-trade behind Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2019, there was a 21 percent increase in Grenache listings, from a 5.4 percent share of red wine listings to 6.6 percent.
Demand for Australian Grenache is growing internationally. Over the past five years, the value of single-variety Grenache exports has more than doubled, from $2.4 million in 2014 to $5.5 million in 2019. In 2019, bottled Grenache exports averaged $13.14 per litre, more than double the bottled red wine average value of $5.43.
Wine Australia has released an interesting article about the rise of this mighty grape. To read more CLICK HERE.
Wine writer Des Houghton from The Courier Mail has reviewed two Willunga 100 wines in his column Quaff. He recently visited the Queensland College of Wine Tourism at Stanhope where he sampled a range of alternative reds. Mr Houghton encourages readers to broaden their wine horizons and try new grape varieties, one of his suggests is Grenache, and of course we couldn’t agree more. If you’re new to grenache, or if it’s an old favourite, here at Willunga 100 we specialise in this dynamic gem, and we have a range of award winning grenache wines for you try.
Mr Houghton wrote of our wines “There are red berry and rose perfumes springing from the glass in the Willunga 100 McLaren Vale Grenache. On the palate look for strawberry flavours and a hint of cinnamon. The Hundred Single Vineyard Blewitt Springs McLaren Vale 2015 Grenache displays red berry and floral aromatics of rose on the nose and cherry spice notes on the palate. Lees ageing has added to the richness.”
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