Twelftree: Giving Australian Grenache Its Due
“I can’t wait to one day see the Grenache section of any wine shop being larger than the Pinot section and every punterraving about the new single vineyard Premier Cru designated Grenache they just nailed whilst laughing and sharing the bottle with friends and a meal.” —Michael Twefltree
It’s Grenache Day around the world on Friday, September 19, and although the focus on Shiraz can sometimes obscure it, the grape has a long and storied history in Australia. Grenache for many decades was a key contributor to Australia’s fortified wine industry, which until the 1980s comprised much of the country’s wine production. Vineyards that go back a century or more can still be found in Australia (though many were lost along the way, to the dismay of those who appreciate the variety). Among the most passionate Grenache fans in Australia is Two Hands Managing Director Michael Twelftree, whose love for Grenache really shines through with his Grenache-centric Twelftree Wines. In this video, Michael explains the lure of Grenache, and what he hopes to accomplish with his focus on this extraordinary grape.