Graciano is a black-skinned grape variety that produces rich, ruby red wines. Its complex and robust structure – so strong it can be aged for up to 20 years – makes it a popular blending wine. Of Spanish origin, it is also grown in Australia.
Where is Graciano grown?
Graciano grapes thrive in warm, dry climates and originate in the Rioja region of Spain. However, Graciano grapes are also cultivated in Australia, the Languedoc region of France and California, but in smaller quantities. Graciano vines produce naturally low yields, are harvested later in the season, and are easily susceptible to diseases such as mildew, making it a risky choice for some growers.
Graciano wine style and character
Graciano produces powerfully aromatic dark wines with an intense, distinctive flavour. The colour of Graciano wines matches this intensity – a violet tint thanks to the variety’s inky purple grape skins.
High levels of acidity and medium tannins mean Graciano wines age well. Its high acidity means it can be almost harsh when first produced, but if left to age in barrels and bottles, it can become a wine that is well worth the delayed gratification.
Graciano’s spiciness, acidity and tannin make it the perfect blending partner for lighter wines such as Tempranillo.
Our best Graciano wines
Graciano wines have complex, aromatic flavours, including juicy dark fruits like blackberries, plums and mulberries, alongside floral flavours such as violet, cedar and mint, and spices like black pepper and cinnamon. Liquorice is also a flavour present in many Graciano wines.
Graciano wines may take on warming leathery, vanilla and toasted flavours when aged in wood barrels.
Graciano wines pair well with foods and dishes of equal complexity, such as beef briskets, spicy sausages and spiced lamb.
For non-red meat eaters and vegetarians, Graciano wines pair well with strong blue cheeses, blackened cajun fish or chicken, hearty spiced veggie stews and spreads.
How to serve Graciano
Graciano wines’ full body, acidity and high alcohol content mean you should serve Graciano at room temperature (between 16 – 20°C).
If Graciano is served slightly chilled, its signature intense aromas are dulled and can take on a bitter, almost metallic flavour. Cup your wine glass in your hands to add warmth, helping unlock all those deliciously rich flavours.