Grenache Noir Grape Vine
Grenache is, in our opinion, a highly underrated grape! Thought to have originated in Spain (referred to as Garnacha), Grenache is also the defining grape of the Southern French region Chateauneuf-du-pape. It also makes up a portion of the affordable and delicious Cotes-du-Rhone blends that can go for as little as a few euros a bottle in France. Grenache requires a fairly hot and dry climate to ripen, but is also prone to sunburn – when the color can literally get leeched from its’ skin! While Grenache is often thought of as a bold and full bodied wine, it can make fairly delicate expressions when not blended with other grapes.
The vines of Grenache typically bud early, and require a long growing season to fully ripen – which makes this a wonderful variety to grow in Mediterranean climates. This vine is fairly hardy, and can handle windy climates as well as droughts. Baking spices, strawberry preserves and dried herbs make this grape a wonderful pairing for stewed meats or our favorite – carnitas!
Name: Vitis vinifera
Site and Soil: Grapes like full to 1/2 day sun and well-drained soil. Grapes are drought resistant once they are established.
Rootstock Description: 3309C
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 10° F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 10-12 ft. in width on fence, trellis, or other support.
Bloom Time: May
Ripening Time: Late September
Yield: 10-15 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Repel birds with flash tape or cover plants with bird netting.
USDA Zone: 6-9