Definition of Garnacha in English:



  • 1[mass noun] A variety of wine grape grown in Spain.

    • ‘Rioja, like neighbouring Navarre, produces rosé entirely from Garnacha grapes.’
    • ‘The Garnacha grape which accounts for around two-thirds of the Calatayud's production makes heady, potent red wine.’
    • ‘Monastrell, Cencibel, and the red-fleshed Garnacha Tintorera produce big, alcoholic red wines.’
    • ‘Garnacha is used in the production of rosé.’
    • ‘We also have great older vineyards here - for example we ourselves have a vineyard of 105 year old Garnacha vines.’
    • ‘Red wines, made predominantly from the Garnacha grape, were mostly sold in bulk for blending.’
    • ‘On its own Garnacha produces hefty, alcoholic red wines.’
    • ‘Garnacha is on the wane, and is mainly used for rosés.’
    • ‘Dark-skinned Garnacha is the second most widely planted variety with 170,000 ha, principally in the north of the country.’
    • ‘The authorities, anxious to modernize Navarre's image, have been positively discouraging new plantings of Garnacha, however.’
    • ‘Grenache in France, or Garnacha in its native Spain, is invariably blended but does produce peppery dry wines with marked raspberry tones.’
    • ‘It is made from Xarello and Garnacha and is certainly courageous.’
    • ‘Garnacha lends itself to good, dry rosé which Navarre continues to make in large quantities.’
    • ‘A chunky mix of Spanish grapes Garnacha and Carinena, this wine is loaded with aromas of raspberry, plum, pepper and spice.’
    1. 1.1A red or rosé wine made from Garnacha grapes.
      • ‘Spanish Garnacha can be one of the wine world's incomparable bargains.’
      • ‘Both the Gran Garnacha 2003, Carinena and its stablemate, the Gran Tempranillo 2003, are soft, juicy and smooth.’
      • ‘This wine is equally explicit: an exuberant Garnacha in the rich and lusty style seen in Sardinia.’
      • ‘I had hoped that the Garnacha from Spain would make an interesting change from my staple Aussie and Chilean reds.’


Spanish, from Italian vernaccia (see Vernaccia). The grape is known in France and elsewhere as Grenache.