Grenache gris G
Name of vine variety in France
Grenache gris
This variety corresponds to the grey mutation of Grenache.
There is no officially recognized synonym in France for this variety. In Spain, Grenache gris can officially be designated as "Garnache Roja".
In France, Grenache gris is officially listed in the "Catalogue of vine varieties" on the A list and classified. This variety is also listed in the catalogue of Spain.
Wine grape variety.
Evolution of area under vines in France
1958 1968 1979 1988 2000 2008 2018
ha 8652 9362 16286 12083 2926 1683 1754
From 1958 to 1988, Grenache blanc and gris.
The identification is similar to that of Grenache, except for the skin color of the berries when ripe, which is grey in this case.
Genetic profile
Allel 1 135 223 239 191 188 258 240 243 239
Allel 2 143 238 243 191 188 258 254 243 249
Bud burst: 5 days after Chasselas.
Grape maturity: late-season, 4 weeks after Chasselas.
Suitability for cultivation and agronomic production
The aptitudes are close to those of other types of Grenache, but this variety would appear to be a little more productive than Grenache blanc.
Sensitivity to diseases and pests
The susceptibilities and tolerances and Grenache gris seem identical to those of Grenache blanc, but with a greater sensitivity to grey rot.
Technological potential
The bunches and berries are small to medium in size. Grenache gris is especially used to produce sweet wines and grey wines, "vins gris" (in the sands of the Mediterranean coast).
Clonal selection in France
The three certified Grenache gris clones carry the numbers 147, 148 and 150. Surveys have recently been carried out in the wine-growing region of Banyuls (French department of Pyrénées-Orientales).
Bibliographic references
- Catalogue des variétés et clones de vigne cultivés en France. Collectif, 2007, Ed. IFV, Le Grau-du-Roi, France.
- Documentary collections of the Centre de Ressources Biologiques de la Vigne de Vassal-Montpellier, INRAE - Montpellier SupAgro, Marseillan, France.
- Dictionnaire encyclopédique des cépages et de leurs synonymes. P. Galet, 2015, Ed. Libre&Solidaire, France.
- Traité général de viticulture, Ampélographie. P. Viala and V. Vermorel, 1901-1909, Ed. Masson, Paris, France.
Description of clones approved in France
Identity and availability Agronomic data Technical data
Clone number Origin Selection Fertility Production level Sugar content Potential color
Year approved Agronomic references Weight of grape clusters Vigor Total acidity Tannic structure
Growing surface area Size of berries Sensitivity to Botrytis Aromatic intensity Oenological aptitudes
147  Aude  INRA  low  medium  medium  
 1972  Languedoc  medium    medium  
 0.13 ha  medium      distinctive wines of the vine variety
148  Aude  INRA  medium  medium  medium  
 1972  Languedoc
 medium    medium  
 0.60 ha  medium      distinctive wines of the vine variety
150  Aude  INRA  medium  medium  medium  
 1972  Languedoc
 low to medium    medium  
 0.30 ha  medium      distinctive wines of the vine variety
Clone carrier of leaf roll virus 2