Carignan (red)


[Grape Variety]

The most widely planted grape variety in France, this workhorse red grape abounds as a bush vine in the vineyards of southern France, where it is mostly used as a blender in Languedoc's major appellations of Corbieres and Minervois. At low yields, and vinified by carbonic maceration, it is capable of producing good, if rustic, reds.

Image: Black Carignan Wine Grape by © Christophe Grilhé, provided by Inter Rhône

In Catalonia in Spain, it is known as Cariñena, and in Rioja, as Mazuelo. As Carignano del Sulcis, it makes attractively herby wine in Sardinia and is widely planted in California and South America.

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