Rebirth of an Australian Classic
As one of the original varieties planted in Australia, there are many vineyard sites, especially in McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley, with Grenache vines dating back to the late 1800s.
After seeing a decline in plantings between 2000 and 2010, Grenache is experiencing a recent resurgence based on new styles, with the popular ‘GSM’ blend being the most popular Grenache-based wine in Australian exports.
This versatile variety lends itself well to rosé style wines, which are increasing in popularity particularly among younger generations.
The growth in demand for Australian Grenache has seen the price of Grenache grapes increase from $577 per tonne in 2014 to $986 per tonne in 2019. In 2020, the average value of Grenache grapes exceeded that of Shiraz in McLaren Vale for the first time.