GRACIANO

 

Graciano is a deep red grape of Spanish origin, mostly grown in the region of Rioja and mainly used as a blending grape. Many producers who were blending with other varietals are now letting Graciano be the sole star.  The grape produces wine of considerable weight, pigmentation, aroma and quality.  It’s one of the most interesting grapes in Rioja, but due to the low yields and its susceptibility to mold it needs more attention in the vineyard. Because the grape is considered 'finicky' it makes 100% Graciano wines rare to find.

This varietal is fairly obscure in California with only about a few dozen acres planted. The fine wine boom of the past years has encouraged more producers to cultivate Graciano. And it now has a mini-cult status.