In the Rhône wine grape growing region in the south of France, there are twenty-two different grape varietals that can be used in offical Rhône wines. These include Viognier, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Counoise, as well as some very rare varietals such as Picpoul Blanc and Vaccarese!
Rhône wines are nearly always a blend of several of these grapes, so that, for example, the tannins of the Syrah work with the juicy red fruit aromas of the Grenache against the mid-palate background of Mourvedre. These blends inspire Carina Cellars' wines. We strongly feel that generally blended grapes make a more interesting and complex wine, just as giving a great chef different spices makes for more interesting food.