As the area is situated closer to the more moderately warm areas bordering the Mediterannean sea, the grapes grown there are often slightly lower in their levels of acidity, although higher in their levels of sugar, than the grapes produced by their northern counterparts.
That typically results in the wines from the area being of stronger fruit and peppery spice character and levels of alcohol, though not to the same extent as those grapes cultivated in warmer climates such as the Barossa Valley.
To learn about the wines from the southern Rhône be sure to check out this site, which explains a lot more about the wines from that area and more.
Garnacha in Spain
The Rioja wine-producing region in northern-central Spain is just as famous for producing exceptional examples of grenache, referred to locally as garnacha, wine as it is for tempranillo-based wines.
Often, the wines of these two grapes are blended together, alongside others, with the final product sometimes spending considerable amounts of time in oak prior to bottling.
Outside of Rioja, garnacha is heavily cultivated in the slightly more north-eastern region of Navarra, which is a little less famous than the more well known Rioja region.
Nevertheless, the wines from this area are incredible examples of cooler climate garnacha-based wines that possess slightly higher amounts of acidity, making them perfect examples of complex wines with balanced amounts of fruit flavour and peppery spice character.
The final area in Spain that is worth mentioning in the production of garnacha wines is the small and often overlooked area of Catalonia, a relatively small state close to the border between France and Spain in the north-eastern corner of the country.
Here, garnacha grapes are used to craft wines of great complexity as they are often blended alongside a couple of other popular grape varietals, including merlot, syrah, and cabernet sauvignon.
Whilst the Navarra and Catalonia wine-producing regions do produce amazing examples of garnacha-based wines, most bottles of Spanish garnacha found outside of the country will be those coming primarily from the Rioja region.
For this reason, it is most important to focus on this area when studying the grape varietal as it exists in this European state.
If you want to find out more about the wines from Navarra and Catalonia, head to this site, which offers up a bit more information about the wines from these areas.
Although perhaps more famous for producing red wines using the tempranillo grape varietal, the winemakers in the Rioja region in Spain are also fond of making garnacha-based wines as well.