Carignan grape


Red grape variety with high tannins, medium acidity, and flavors of dark fruit, spice, and often a hint of earthiness. Often used in blends.


The Carignan grape is a red grape variety that is believed to have originated in the Aragon region of Spain. It was first planted in France in the 19th century, and quickly became popular in the Languedoc-Roussillon region due to its high yields and ability to withstand heat and drought. In the mid-20th century, Carignan was widely planted throughout the Mediterranean region as a workhorse grape for bulk wine production.


Carignan is a late-ripening grape that is known for its high acidity and tannins. It is a vigorous and productive vine that can produce up to 8 tons of grapes per acre. The grapes are small and dark, with a thick skin that contributes to the wine’s color and tannins. Carignan wines are typically full-bodied and rich, with flavors of dark fruit, spice, and earth.


While Carignan has a reputation for being a low-quality grape used for bulk wine production, there has been a recent resurgence of interest in the grape among winemakers who are seeking to produce high-quality, terroir-driven wines. In some regions, such as Priorat in Spain, Carignan is being used to produce some of the most expensive and sought-after wines in the world. With its high acidity and tannins, Carignan is well-suited to aging, and can produce complex and nuanced wines with proper winemaking techniques.

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