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Grenache Blanc

International Varieties: Chardonnay   Gewürztraminer   Muscat   Pinot Gris   Riesling   Sauvignon Blanc

Major Varieties:   Airén    Chenin Blanc    Grüner Veltliner    Müller-Thurgau    Pinot Blanc    Sémillon    Silvaner    Trebbiano    Viognier

Regional Varieties:   Albariño    Aligoté    Amigne    Arneis    Chasselas    Colombard    Cortese    Fiano    Grechetto    Grenache Blanc    Malvasia Istriana    Marsanne    Muscadelle    Muscat of Alexandria    Ortega    Palomino    Parellada    Petite Arvine    Prosecco    Rieslaner    Roussanne    Savagnin    Scheurebe    Seyval Blanc    Tocai Friulano    Torrontés    Vermentino    Welschriesling

High alcohol and low acidity make Grenache Blanc a less popular winemaking grape than Grenache. The best flavors can be brought out with low yields, low fermentation temperatures, and often oak aging. The grape originated in Spain as a mutation of Grenache; in France, Grenache Blanc is the 5th most planted white grape.

Grenache Blanc thrives where Grenache thrives, in the Rhône Valley of France. All the major Rhône appellations for white wine allow Grenache Blanc, and though it is usually an insignificant portion of the blend, it contributes its own flavors.

The grape does not only thrive in the Rhône. It can also be found in the Languedoc-Roussillon, where it is often blended with Roussanne and Marsanne. In both France and Spain, it can be found along the Pyrenees. In Spain, it is widely planted in Priorat and Aragon, and allowed but rarely used in Rioja. California and Australia also grow this fine grape.