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Celebrating International Grenache Day on 15 September.
Grenache, or garnacha in Spain, boasts a rich history in Australia, with origins dating to the late 1880s. It thrives in hot, arid conditions, excelling in places like McLaren Vale, Barossa, and Clare Valleys.
Grenache is a medium- to full-bodied delight, displaying vibrant colours, balanced tannins, moderate acidity, and a medley of scents like orange rind, raspberry, plum, and tobacco.
In honour of International Grenache Day, here are our top Ultimate Winery Grenache Experiences, perfect for savouring this crowd-pleasing wine.
Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Barossa wine with this exclusive Grenache Project Masterclass at Artisans of Barossa. Led by experienced Wine Room hosts in the intimate Artisan's Room, this 1.5-hour seated masterclass offers a unique exploration of the acclaimed 'Grenache Project.' Sample six wines from the 2021 release and discover how winemakers and terroir influence these exceptional wines. Enjoy picturesque views of the Barossa Ranges and vineyards from the room. The 'Grenache Project' showcases diverse expressions of Barossa wine from a single varietal, with the vineyard location changing each year, offering a terroir exploration. After the masterclass, relax in the Delikatessen wine bar café or take in panoramic views of the Barossa Valley.
Embark on a day of wine exploration, starting with convenient pickup from your Barossa accommodation. This exceptional journey includes a visit to Yalumba Nursery, established in 1975, renowned as Australia's most reliable source of grafted grapevines. Witness the state-of-the-art wine production facility that clones, nurtures, and supplies grape growers across the nation. Nestled in the Vine Vale sub-region of the Barossa, ancient Grenache Vineyards envelop the nursery, some boasting the world's oldest vines. Amidst these gnarled vines, enjoy a unique tasting experience. Gain insights into the vine-to-glass process, offering a captivating introduction to Barossa Grenache and Yalumba's award-winning and distinctive expressions of this variety. The journey culminates at the Yalumba Wine Room, where a generous Cooper's Lunch Platter, featuring locally crafted artisanal delights, awaits, perfectly paired with your preferred glass of Grenache.
At Mandoon Estate, embark on a captivating wine blending experience. This immersive journey invites you to become a winemaker for a day, as you delve into the art of blending wine. Learn the secrets and nuances of Grenache, a grape variety celebrated for its versatility and character. Under the guidance of expert vintners, you'll craft your very own blend, experimenting with different proportions to achieve the perfect harmony of flavours. The experience culminates in a tasting of your creation. Mandoon Estate's wine blending experience is an unforgettable opportunity to explore the magic of Grenache and other grape varieties and the craftsmanship that goes into creating exceptional wines.