Montpellier chosen as the capital of Grenaches du Monde

Tuesday July 14 2020 by Vitisphere

The competition has two new features this year – it is now open to Marselan (a cross between Grenache and Cabernet-Sauvignon) and a new accolade has been introduced (ambassador wines, a selection of the finest gold medallists).The competition has two new features this year – it is now open to Marselan (a cross between Grenache and Cabernet-Sauvignon) and a new accolade has been introduced (ambassador wines, a selection of the finest gold medallists). - Photo credit : Michèle Trévoux

This year, Montpellier is set to become the capital of the world's Grenache wines. The 8th Grenache du Monde competition, launched in 2013 by the Roussillon wine marketing board (CIVR), will take place from 15 to 16 September at Domaine de Verchant in Montpellier, with support from PGI Pays d’Oc. After Aragon, Sardinia, Catalonia and Roussillon, this year Languedoc has been selected to welcome the hundred or so judges – mainly buyers, importers and distributors – due to spend two days judging entries to find the world’s finest Grenache. Last year in Perpignan, 864 wines, 240 of them from France, competed.

This year, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, which forced the organisers to postpone an event originally slated for April until September, the expectation is to exceed 900 entries. The choice of the Languedoc capital and partnership with PGI Pays d'Oc was designed specifically for this purpose.

With 42,000 hectares, Grenache is the third most planted grape variety in PGI Pays d’Oc. It is the reason why we have successfully become France's leading rosé producer: out of a production of 1.7 million hl of rosé PGI Pays d’Oc, Grenache represents nearly 500,000 hl. If you add white and red wines to this, the combined total is 700,000 hl. We feel it is perfectly legitimate that we should host this event and promote the quality of this typically Mediterranean grape variety which is a staple of the PGI Oc varietal range”, said Jacques Gravegal, chairman of the PGI Pays d’Oc producers' organisation, at a press conference on Thursday 10 July.

 

The competition has two new features this year – it is now open to Marselan (a cross between Grenache and Cabernet-Sauvignon) and a new accolade has been introduced (ambassador wines, a selection of the finest gold medallists).

 

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