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Graciano


International Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon   Merlot   Pinot Noir   Syrah

Major Varieties: Cabernet Franc    Grenache    Malbec    Nebbiolo    Sangiovese    Tempranillo    Zinfandel

Regional Varieties:   Baga    Barbera    Blaufränkisch    Brachetto    Carignan    Carménère    Cinsaut    Dolcetto    Gamay    Graciano    Lagrein    Malvasia Nera    Marzemino    Montepulciano    Mourvèdre    Nero d'Avola    Petit Verdot    Petite Sirah    Pinot Meunier    Pinotage    Touriga Nacional


Graciano is a deep red grape of Spanish origin, mostly grown in the region of Rioja. As a wine, it is aromatic and ages well, but the grape requires a warm, dry climate to thrive. It is mostly a blending grape in Rioja, but is used as a varietal in other parts of Spain. It was brought to Australia in 1908, where it is mostly used for blending, but some producers have made stabs at a 100% Graciano wine. There are plantings in France and California, where it is known as Xeres, but they remain fairly obscure.