Grenache Blanc is a Foundation

White grenache is a workhorse grape, and as such, you’ll find it as the basis for many blended white wines in the Mediterranean. And while it’s better known for the simpler wines it makes, you’ll find top-quality grenache blanc in white Côtes-du-Rhone or Châteauneuf-du-Pape, where it’s often blended with viognier to add a juicy layer of stone fruit character.

On its own, grenache blanc is full-bodied, high in alcohol, and very similar in texture to full-malo or barrel-fermented chardonnay. Flavors tend towards green plum and pear (sometimes poached pear), with aromas of honeysuckle and citrus zest. It will lean towards more tropical flavors in hotter climates, like ripe cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and dried pineapple.

Learn more about Red Grenache and Grenache Rose.