Garnacha day with Fred Dex - Cariñena

To celebrate Garnacha Day we worked with Master Sommelier, Fred Dex, to host a virtual masterclass on the grape with fine examples from Carinena’s top wineries, Grandes Vinos and San Valero.

Media and trade buyers were invited to participate in the 80-minute masterclass on September 18th with Fred. Twelve wine professionals from NY, NJ, PA, FL and WA joined in with their samples of Grandes Vinos Monasterio de las Vinas Old Vine Garnacha and San Valero’s newly released Celebrities Garnacha.

Buyers and media alike were intrigued by the unique characteristics of the wines hailing from this region which offers this variety an ideal combination of the heat it so loves, high altitude vineyards and diurnal swings in temperature to cool the vines, particularly in the scorching summer months.

It was clear from participant comments that these are wines with potential for expanded distribution. “The price points on these wines are incredible. The quality to value ratio is excellent and these are wines that my customers would be interested in,” commented one restaurant owner.  

According to Fred, “US consumers will love these lush, juicy wines made from Garnacha in Carinena.”  He recommends that more sommeliers and buyers in the US learn more about them.

If you would like to learn more about these wines and the variety coming from the region, please visit our wine page.