Grape Of The Week: Graciano

Graciano, also known as Morrastel in France, is a black-skinned grape that originated in Rioja, Spain. A low-yielding grape that is susceptible to mildew, Graciano is grown in Rioja, Navarra, California, and Languedoc. Considered “Rioja’s third grape,” Graciano is traditionally used in blends alongside Tempranillo and Garnacha, as it adds to the overall aroma and brings a natural freshness to the wines. Although less likely, single varietal wines can be found in small quantities in California. With notes of blackberry, mulberry, violet, mint, and baking spice, Graciano goes well with brisket, blackened Cajun fish, and chorizo.

Graciano Wines From The Greene Grape

Looking to indulge? Here are some wines to try:

Bodegas Bagordi Navardia Rioja Crianza 2019

Frias Family Vineyard Lady of the Dead Red 2019

Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo Crianza 2015

Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva 2010

Grape Photo Credit: Ursula Brühl, Julius Kühn-Institut (JKI) Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen Institut für Rebenzüchtung Geilweilerhof - 76833 Siebeldingen - GERMANY