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Carignan

Carignan is a black grape variety with origins in Aragon, Spain. It is now grown in many parts of the world, but has become especially popular in the Languedoc-Roussillon, France.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Carignan produces intense-coloured wines with a bold tannic structure. It has aromas of red and black fruits, such as cherries and plums, as well as herbal notes and a hint of spice such as licorice and black pepper.

Fresh Carignan grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Carignan is grown in many parts of the world, including France, Italy, Greece, California and south America. Carignan is a vigorous grape variety. Because the fruit bunches are very close to the vine, there are many bush vine Carignan. In the winery, it benefits from extended maceration to soften the tannins, and can be aged in oak barrels to add complexity and depth. In the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France, Carignan is often blended with other varieties such as Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Wines from the region tend to be full-bodied, with high tannins, ripe fruit and a hint of oak. In Italy, Carignan is blended with Sangiovese and other red grapes to produce full-bodied, tannic wines with aromas of dried fruit, spice and herbs. In California, Carignan is often blended with other red varieties such as Zinfandel and Petite Sirah to produce rich, full-bodied wines with intense fruit flavours. Carignan pairs well with dishes such as roasted and grilled meats, hearty stews and aged cheeses. It is also a great match for dishes with tomato-based sauces, such as pasta Bolognese.

Foods to pair with Carignan:

Pasta
Pizza
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Fun Fact about Carignan
Carignan is one of the few grape varieties that can produce wines with both high alcohol levels and high acidity.

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