Happy International Carignan Day

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Today we’re celebrating Carignan because it’s International Carignan Day! The day has existed for a few years now and was established by Carignan Renaissance. Discover everything about carignan and get some carignan recommendations from French wine importers in Australia.

International Carignan Day

What is carignan?

Carignan is both the name of a grape and the wine that is made from it. It’s a late maturing grape. Carignan grows well in heat and under the sun so it is well-suited to hot climates. Carignan vines can live for more than 100 years and it is said that the best wines come from those that are 30 years or older.

It’s a colourful wine. Generous and powerful. Among the flavours of this varietal are: pepper, cherry, blackberry, raspberry, banana, almond, prune and violet.



While Italians have long claimed to carignan to have its origins there, ampeolographic research has proven this is not the case. Carignan is of the same variety as the grape Mazuelo (or Mazuela) from Rioja. According to ampelographers, carignan most likely originated in the North-Western Spanish region of Aragon. It is possible that the name carignan comes from the village Cariñena in Zaragoza provence.

journée mondiale du carignan /International Carignan Day

Links to other varietals

According to DNA, Carignan/Cariñena is the same grape as Mazuelo. In 2007, DNA confirmed that Bovale di Spagna and Bovale Grande de Sardaigne are identical to Carignan.


But grapes sharing the name aren’t necessarily the same or even related

There are a few grapes that share their name with Carignan and its synonyms in other languages but DNA has shown they are now linked.. These are:

  • Carignan Boushet (it’s a mix of Petit Bouschet and Morrastel),
  • Bobal (a Spanish wine grape known as Carignan d’Espagne),
  • Aubun (a French wine grape which is also known as Carignan de Bedoin, Carignan de Bedouin, and Carignan de Gigondas),
  • Alicante Bouschet (which is a French grape also known by the name Carignan jaune), et
  • Grenache (which is also known as Carignan rouge, Carignane rosso, and Carignane roussée).



Carignan is however known by several other names as indicated in the infograph below.

International Carignan Day


Where is carignan grown around the world?

Because this varietal appreciates heat and sun, it is found all around the world. It is especially found in France, Spain and Italy but also in New World wine countries.


In France, it is mostly found in the South, in the Languedocian regions of Aude, Gard and Hérault. However , it is also found in the Pyrénées-Orientales, Var, and Vaucluse.


That said there is a lot less carignan grown today as it is not as fashionable.


In France, in 1988, there were 167,000 hectares of carignan and it was the most grown varietal in France. However, in the same year, the European Union launched an aggressive vine pulling program under which vine growers were offered money in exchange for tearing uip their vines. The aim of this program was to better the quality of European wines. Unfortunately, carignan was the most affected grape under this program. As of 2000, there were only 95,700 hectares of carignan remaining in France.


For example, in Israel in the 1970s, carignan made up 55% of viticole plantations! It is also said to be the first grape variety planted in Palestine by Jewish settlers: Rishon Lezion in 1882 and Zichron Ya’acov in 1883.


Carignan is also found in Croatia, Cyrprus, Malta, Turkey. as well as in Morocco and Tunisia and South Africa.


Carignan is also grown in California where in fact one of the most beautiful and oldest growths of carignan in the world can be found. It is more than 140 years old and vinified by the legendary winemaker Paul Draper of Ridge Vineyards. In the United States, Carignan can also be found in Washington State.


It is also grown in South America in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. And even in Australia! Mostly in South Australia. However in Australia, carignan grapes are moreso used in blends.



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Daniel Airoldi gives us his recommendation for International Carignan Day.


Which carignan do you recommend?

Le Mas d’Espanet Eolienne 2016 which is a blend of Carignan and Grenache.


It’s an organic wine from Languedoc with an unbelievable freshness and purety. The finesse of the the tannins coming from the Carignan give a great balance and length in the mouth.


What would you serve with this carignan?

Roast lamb with rosemary





Nathalie Taquet from Bottli gives us her recommendation for International Carignan Day.


If I have to recommend a Carignan available in Australia, I would recommend the Côtes du Rhone red wine from Domaine du Parc Saint Charles. It is a blend of Grenache , Shiraz, Carignan & Cinsault. It comes from an estate in the deep south of the Côtes du Rhône right next to Costieres de Nimes. 94 hectares in one piece, 71 of which are in production, are located on a soil whose clayey limestone soil is covered with large siliceous pebbles rolled by the Rhône in a very ancient geological past. Maximum sunshine, exposure without barrier to the Mistral, rare or violent rains, extreme temperatures in summer but also sometimes in winter! Rough conditions for the vine… which nevertheless manages to adapt to it to give grapes rich in flavours and character.


It looks dark and deep that gives me an intense ruby colour. His nose reveals aromas of blackberry. The taste follows on to a dark concentrated core of fruit on the palate with good ripe tannins and a lick of acid to clean up. It goes very well with aperitifs, starters, main dishes based on meat and cheeses.


France-Soir Wine Selections


Pierre Stock from France-Soir Wine Selections recommends a Carignan for International Carignan Day.


Which carignan do you recommend?

2017 Domaine Le Roc Des Anges 1903


Carignan is best made on Schist terroir, here Marjorie worked on a mono grapes with vines planted in 1903, well carafed it is so pure, linear


What would you serve with this carignan?

Definitely a red meat on a Bbq, with salads made of nuts, dry fruits , Persian food will be ideal.



Le Plonque


Margot from Le Plonque gives us her recommendation for International Carignan Day.


Carignan is a grape variety that produces medium-structured wines. It is grown mainly in the South of France where it is often associated with Syrah and Grenache.


Who is Carignan suited to?

Mainly Zinfandel and Merlot lovers, those who love fruit and roundness with light, mellow tannins.


I recommend our Domaine des Trois Lys – Les Garrigues 2017. It’s a blend of Carignan, Syrah and Grenache which comes from the Rhône Valley. It’s a red which tastes like sunshine. We love its intensely fruity flavours and gentle notes of violet. It is soft on the palette and really easy drinking. It is best to serve it between 18 and 20 degrees.


It is currently available for $24.90 at Le Plonque.


What would you eat with Carignan?

This grape variety is rich in red fruits and animal notes, it goes well with poultry (chicken, duck, turkey) or pork (a roast for example).


Have you already tried carignan? Do you have a favourite?

Happy International Carignan Day!


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International Animation Day: French animation you can stream or rent online

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Today is International Animation Day. It was established in 2002 by the International Film Association in France. It is held on 28 October every year.

International Animation Day

To celebrate International Animation Day, below we share a number of French and Belgian animated films that you can stream or “rent” online.


Perhaps the most famous French and Belgian animations are Tintin, Asterix and The Smurfs but there are many more.



International Animation Day

The Triplets of Belleville

When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters—an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire—to rescue him.

Nominated for nominated for two Academy Awards — Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song for “Belleville Rendez-vous” in 2004.


Available to “rent” online from:

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/The_Triplets_of_Belleville?gl=AU&hl=en&id=f0oypufP46M






The Little Prince


France’s most successful animated film.International Animation Day

Based on the best-seller book ‘The Little Prince’, the movie tells the story of a little girl that lives with resignation in a world where efficiency and work are the only dogmas. Everything will change when accidentally she discovers her neighbour that will tell her about the story of the Little Prince that he once met.




April and the Extraordinary World


After the world’s top scientists disappear, orphaned April secretly forges ahead with a family experiment and gets tangled up in a vast conspiracy.





A plucky young orphan sent to live with her grandfather in the mountains discovers wonder and adventure around every corner.



International Animation DayI lost my body


Romance, mystery and adventure intertwine as a young man falls in love and a severed hand scours Paris for its owner in this mesmerizing animated film.



Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat NoirInternational Animation Day


When Paris is in peril, Marinette becomes Ladybug. Little does she know, her school crush Adrien is actually Cat Noir, another city-saving superhero



Cosmos Laundromat: First Cycle


Cosmos Laundromat Cosmos LaundromatDespondent on a desolate island, a suicidal sheep is thrown a lifeline by a quirky salesman, who offers him the gift of a lifetime.





Thunder and the House of magicInternational Animation Day


An abandoned cat looking for shelter finds a mystical house owned by an old magician and inhabited by an array of wondrous automatons and gizmos


Smurfs: The Lost Village (film)




International Animation DayCode Lyoko


After discovering a parallel universe inside a supercomputer, four students must stop a renegade virus from destroying the secret world.



Grizzly and the lemmingsInternational Animation Day


Strong, whip-smart Grizzy rules a Canadian forest, where he has his paws full with a family of frolicsome lemmings



International Animation DayRabbids invasion/Les Lapins cretins invasion


When rambunctious rabbids invade Earth, all havoc breaks loose as they fight an evil foe and embark on adventures in their yellow submarine.



International Animation DaySeven & Me


A little girl discovers she’s the modern day descendent of Snow White when seven drawves arrive at her suburban home to serve as her guardian angels.



International Animation DayWakfu


Yugo, a 12-year-old Eliatrope with special powers, sets out on a mission to find his true family and uncover the mysteries of Wakfu.



The quest for six Eliatrope DofusInternational Animation Day


Six years after Yugo and his team defeat Qilby, Ogrest’s crying floods Amalia’s kingdom. To stop him, they must find the six missing Eliatrope Dofus.





A monster in Paris/Un Monstre à Paris


A wacky inventor, his camera crazy best friend and a madcap monkey make a BIG mistake when let loose in the Professor’s laboratory!



Arthur 3 the War of Two WorldsInternational Animation Day


Shrunken to only two inches tall, Arthur has to battle evil Maltazard who decreases his size with the help of Selenia and Betameche.



International Animation DayArthur and the Revenge of Maltazard


When Arthur receives a distress call sent from Minimoys, the miniature invisible people who live in his own backyard, he must once again return to embark on one last adventure to battle the evil Maltazard and save Princess Selenia.



Loving VincentInternational Animation Day


In a story depicted in oil painted animation, a young man comes to the last hometown of painter Vincent van Gogh to deliver the troubled artist’s final letter and ends up investigating his final days there.



The Adventures of Tintin


Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on an adventure to uncover the secrets of a sunken ship that may hold a vast fortune, but also an ancient curse. Directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the comic book series of the same name.


The house of MagicInternational Animation Day - Le Manoir Magique


Thunder is a young cat who has been abandoned by his family. Alone and lost, he finds refuge in a mysterious house that belongs to a retired magician. Thunder feels at home in this haunted house, filled with strange characters who are a lot of fun.





A cat in Paris


Meet Dino, a common house cat who lives a double life. He’s the loyal pet of Zoe, a lonely little girl who lives with her busy single mother Jeanne, a police detective. But after sundown when Zoe goes to sleep, Dino sneaks off to accompany debonair cat burglar Nico, and their nightly prowls take them on breath-taking escapades across the rooftops of Paris. Eventually, Zoe discovers what Dino is up to and she too becomes drawn into a thrilling adventure involving jewels, gangsters and capital-T trouble, all leading to a nail-biting and acrobatic finale atop the gothic Notre Dame.

This was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 84th Academy Awards.


April and the extraordinary world


It’s 1941, but France is trapped in the 19th century, governed by steam and Napoleon V, where scientists vanish mysteriously. Accompanied by her talking cat (voiced by Jean Rochefort), a teenager (Marion Cotillard) embarks on a quest to find her missing parents.




After escaping the clutches of a slave trader, a bold ten-year-old Sudanese boy befriends a young giraffe and a kind Bedouin, who takes them on a splendid journey via a hot-air balloon as far as the palace of King Charles X of France.



It’s hard to imagine celebrating French animation on International Animation Day without the Asterix series. Some of the films from the Asterix series are available to stream and to “rent” online.


Astérix: The magic of the secret potion / Astérix – Le Secret de la Potion Magique

Asterix - The Secret of the Magic Potion


Binge: https://binge.com.au/movies/asset-asterix-the-secret-of-the-magic-potion!11859


Google: https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/Asterix_The_Secret_of_the_Magic_Potion


Astérix: The Mansions of the Gods /Astérix: Le domaine des dieux


SBS on Demand: https://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/1103517251618



Asterix and the Vikings/ Astérix et les VikingsInternational Animation Day


Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/Asterix?gl=AU&hl=en&id=vXHJBXr7Jlk

Microsoft Store: https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/p/asterix-and-the-vikings/

YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXHJBXr7Jlk


Astérix le Gaulois/Asterix The Gaul


Amazon Prime: https://www.primevideo.com/detail/amzn1.dv.gti.52b6a54d-7292-468d-1c07-0c002335e576?ie=UTF8&linkCode=xm2&tag=justau2tuk-22


Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/Asterix_the_Gaul_Dubbed?gl=AU&hl=en&id=Qbdk9RFwkT0

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qbdk9RFwkT0

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/movie/asterix-the-gaul/id511071173?ign-mpt=uo%3D4


The Twelve Tasks of Asterix/ Les 12 travaux d’Astérix


Prime : https://www.primevideo.com/detail/amzn1.dv.gti.a2b6a559-bdf0-942d-72bc-98356f454dd5?ie=UTF8&linkCode=xm2&tag=justau2tuk-22


Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/The_twelve_tasks_of_Ast%C3%A9rix_Dubbed?gl=AU&hl=en&id=J-COXzZFY-Y

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-COXzZFY-Y

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/movie/the-twelve-tasks-of-asterix/id511076964?ign-mpt=uo%3D4


Asterix and Cleopatra/ Astérix et CléopâtreInternational Animation Day


Amazon Prime : https://www.primevideo.com/detail/amzn1.dv.gti.74b6b251-8d20-199e-1cdc-e8c7c632fdd2?ie=UTF8&linkCode=xm2&tag=justau2tuk-22


Google Play (DUBBED VERSION): https://play.google.com/store/movies/details/Asterix_and_Cleopatra_Dubbed?gl=AU&hl=en&id=Il34dJzowtE

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il34dJzowtE

iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/au/movie/asterix-and-cleopatra/id511074215?ign-mpt=uo%3D4


What’s your favourite French animation? What will you watch for International Animation Day?


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