Alicante Bouschet or Garnacha Tintorera

Alicante Bouschet is an hybrid, it was created by Henri Bouschet in the late 1800’s.

Henri Bouschet first crossed  Teinturier du Cher with Aramon and created Petit Bouschet grape variety. He continued its research and crossed Petit Bouschet with Grenache and created Alicante Bouschet variety. It was first spread in the south of France and in the Loire Valley.

Colour: Black berries.


Frequency: Fairly well planted through the world it represents approximately 40,000 ha.

Synonym(s): In Spain it is called “Garnacha tintorera”

Origin: South of France late 1800’s.

Maturity: 2nd early period.

Sensitivity to diseases: Resistant to powdery mildew but sensitive to downy mildew, excoriose, and bacterial diseases. It is also sensitive to grape moth larvae and grape vine yellow diseases.

Area(s) Cultivated:

France→ Languedoc, Provence, Corsica, South West.

Europe→ Spain, Italy, Romania, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece.

Worldwide→ USA (California), Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia. South Africa, Argentina, Russia, Uruguay.

Type of Wines [ Profile ] – Pointe vers des profils types = Fiches archivées de dégustation

Red wines with more than 12° alcohol, it has a bright red colour.

Facts and tips:

  • Useful blend grape variety it brings colour. Often blend with Aramon it is drink as table wine in Languedoc.