Spain may be famed for its Tempranillo, but there is another, more widely-planted variety that often slips under the radar despite it being one of the most famous grapes in the world: Garnacha.
This full-body and fruit-forward character wine, which often shows strawberries and raspberries – red fruit – as their calling cards, is a grape that unfolds many different “personalities”depending on the soil and climate conditions of where has been planted.
This is why in this tasting we’ll focus on these differences. Being so widely-planted, as well as grown in the most diverse type of soils, the styles of Garnacha wines are incredibly varied. The key grape growing regions in Spain for this grape are: Campo de Borja, Cariñena, Calatayud (all three of which are in historic Aragon), Navarra, Montsant and Priorat. And within these wine regions there is a vast array of soils (schist, granite, clay, chalk-limestone, and stony-gravely) that imprint a distinctive aromas and taste profile to the wine :
In this wine flight, we’ll wander from the red fruit, quite light, jovial and usually drunk young Garnachas to the more spicy, dense, dark and very rich with ageing potential ones.