Carignane is a highly productive and vigorous variety that clings to the vines. It buds and ripens late, making heat a necessity. Mediterranean environments and hand harvesting promote the best results.
These are generic growing characteristics of this varietal. Rootstock selection will impact the production, ripening and growth patterns of any varietal material.
Carignane is highly acidic with tougher tannins, sometimes bitter.
Also increasingly known as Mazuelo, Carignane likely originates in a town called Cariñena in north-east Spain. A very old variety, Carignane is believed to be introduced around ninth century BC.