The white grape comes from Spain and belongs to the group of Garnacha varieties (see the parentage there). Synonyms grouped alphabetically by country are Gray Grenache ( Australia ); Grenache Gris, Grenache Rouge ( France ); Rosco dos Pinheiro ( Portugal ); Garnacha Gris, Garnacha Rioja, Garnacho Rojo, Garnatxa Gris, Garnatxa Roja ( Spain ); Piros Grenache, Szürke Grenache ( Hungary ). It is probably a color mutation of Garnacha Tinta (theoretically also vice versa) with grayish-reddish berries, which it is very similar in terms of resistance to diseases. Opposite the Garnacha Blanca it is a bit more productive. It produces fruity, rather low-acid white wines with cherry and raspberry aromas.
In Spain the variety is grown in the regions La Mancha and Navarra grown on 77 hectares. In France as Grenache Gris, she occupied around 10,000 hectares of vineyards at the end of the 1980s. Today she is mainly occupied in the Roussillon, as well as to a small extent Languedoc and on the southern one Rhone only 1,635 hectares and is mainly used as a waste here. There are further stocks in Greece (645 ha), South Africa (2 ha) and Thailand (6 ha). In 2010, a total of 2,366 hectares of vineyards were reported (Statistics Kym Anderson ).
Source : Wine Grapes / J. Robinson, J. Harding, J. Vouillamoz / Penguin Books Ltd. 2012
Images : Ursula Brühl, Doris Schneider, Julius Kühn Institute (JKI)