France's most planted grape variety since the mid-1960s is now in decline as a casualty of the European Union's vine-pull scheme. The vine still remains the predominant variety in the south of France - particularly in Fitou, where it still accounts for around 65% of the wine produced. In the New World, especially South America, it is gaining ground with the help of innovative viticultural techiniques, technology and climate. This is a rustic and simplistic variety which makes for approachable wine.Read More
South of France (particularly the Languedoc-Roussillion), California, northern Spain, Argentina, Morocco, Australia, China and India.
Carignan can produce deep-coloured wines which are quite spicy and fruit driven. As with other Meditteranean varieties, berry flavours are prevalent.
Carignane (USA), Mazuelo/Mazuela/Cariñena (Spain), Carignano (Italy) and Samsó (Penedès name).