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Grenache is one of the five varietals planted at the original J. SKINNER winery in the 1860’s and is the focal point of their wine program today. It is the most widely planted wine grape in the world, but only 8500 acres exist in California. Recently, Grenache has seen a renaissance in quality and plantings in California. Skinner have five clones of Grenache planted in poor shallow soils onto low vigour rootstocks that limit yields and concentrate flavour. The warm and dry Mediterranean climate, coupled with volcanic and granitic soils, makes this region ideally suited to this grape varietal.
Mourvèdre has many names around the world. In Spain it is called Monastrell, in Australia...