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Graciano wine variety in Australia 

Graciano is an aromatic red wine grape variety that is prized for the rich colour and flavour it gives to blended wines. In Australia it is being used increasing to produce varietal wines.

A varietal Graciano from the Rioja region of SpainA varietal Graciano from the Rioja region of Spain
This varietal Graciano is from Australia's Clare ValleyThis varietal Graciano is from Australia's Clare Valley

Graciano in Spain

Graciano is used mostly in blends with Tempranillo in it's native Spain. It is prized for the spiciness, acidity and tannin that it gives as the minor component in blends.

A naming mess: The original variety is Spanish and is named Graciano in its homeland the Northern Spanish Ebro Valley and Navarra. It is grown in the Jerez region under the name Tintilla de Rota.

Graciano is used in France under the name Morrastel. But the Spanish use the variety called Mourvedre (or Mataro in Australia) under the name Morrastel.

To add to the confusion the Portuguese variety Tinta Miuda is now known to be to be the same variety.

Not to be outdone the Californians grow Graciano under the name Xeres

Problems in the vineyard such as Downy Mildew restrict its popularity in some regions. For this reason  Grenache (Garnacha in Spain) is often the preferred blending partner for Tempranillo.

Graciano in Australia

The variety has a small but growing number of adherents in Australia where it is used in blends with Tempranillo or as a varietal.

I have been impressed with a few Tempranillo/Graciano blends. Straight Graciano wines tend to be big, soft and aromatic, sometimes a little too aromatic, but when done well they are very impressive, rich wines.

Brown Brothers in the King Valley have had Graciano planted for many decades, and over recent years other growers and winemakers have become interested in the variety. The list below indicates that the variety is being tried in all mainland states but has yet to become very popular anywhere.

Please let me know if there are any errors or omissions in this list.

  • 919 Wines Riverland
  • Alex Russell Wines Riverland
  • Artwine Adelaide Hills
  • Atze's Corner Wines Barossa Valley
  • Bakkheia Geographe
  • Bassham Riverland
  • Battle of Bosworth Wines McLaren Vale
  • Bremerton Langhorne Creek
  • Brown Brothers King Valley
  • Chambers Rosewood Rutherglen
  • Ciavarella King Valley
  • Dell'uva Wines  Barossa Valley
  • Dowie Doole McLaren Vale
  • Epsilon Barossa Valley
  • Hand Crafted by Geoff Hardy McLaren Vale
  • Happs Margaret River
  • Head in the Clouds McLaren Vale
  • Hemera Estate Barossa Valley
  • Henschke Eden Valley
  • Landaire Padthaway
  • Lillian Pemberton
  • Lion Mill Vineyards Perth Hills
  • Lobethal Road Wines Adelaide Hills
  • Margan Family Hunter Valley
  • Maximus Wines McLaren vale
  • Mazza Geographe
  • Mount Majura Canberra
  • Next Crop Wines Langhorne Creek
  • Oak Works Riverland
  • Paxton McLaren Vale
  • Pertaringa McLaren Vale
  • Rowsley Fault Vineyards Geelong
  • Rudderless Wines McLaren Vale
  • Salena Estate Riverland
  • Samuels Gorge McLaren Vale
  • Savina Lane Granite Belt
  • Smallfry Wines Barossa Valley
  • Talijancich Swan Valley
  • Thorn-Clarke Wines Barossa Valley
  • Tscharke Barossa Valley
  • Vinifera Wines Mudgee
  • Woods Crampton Barossa Valley
  • Woody Nook Margaret River
  • Xanadu Margaret River
  • Yangarra Estate McLaren Vale
  • Zonte's Footstep Langhorne Creek

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Graciano and Food

With blends of Graciano and Tempranillo you should probably aim to match your food just as you would with Tempranillo.

However if you have a varietal Graciano it may be worth thinking about what foods will go with the stronger aromatic flavours of varietal Graciano wine.

Rustic game dishes or strongly flavoured stews might be the go with varietal Graciano.

Try this easy Spanish recipe

Alubias con Chorizo - bean and sausage hotpot

Slice two hot chorizo sausages into 1 cm rounds.

Saute for a couple of minutes in olive oil with some crushed garlic and a chopped onion.

Add to a pot with 1.5 litres of water and 500g of white beans and a bay leaf which you have soaked overnight (or you can cheat with canned beans).

Simmer for 1.5 hours. Adjust seasoning and perhaps add some paprika.


Cocina Palentina - Alubias de Saldaña 001

By Valdavia (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Serves 6 as a first course with crusty bread and a bottle or two of Graciano wine.


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