Graciano has medium to late budding and late ripening. It is a vigorous variety, resistant to drought but has growing difficulties because of its scarce fertility and low performance. Graciano is prone to suffer downy mildew and botrytis cinerea, however the wine produced is highly valued because of its exquisite acidity and the elegant scent it develops. It is suitable for clay and limestone soils. Short pruning is recommended.
Graciano wines are fragrant, fresh, with good ageing potential and sometimes spicy. Graciano was a very popular variety in Spain, before the phylloxera pest, at the end of the 19th century; since then its use has been in decline. However, the freshness and scents that it supplies in the blend of Rioja wines have caused some wineries to take a chance on it lately. Wines from Contino Graciano, Inspiración de Valdemar Graciano and Abel Mendoza Graciano Grano a Grano are remarkable examples of the Graciano wines produced at La Rioja. Just like Tintilla de Rota, Graciano grapes are grown in a very limited basis in Jerez and it is classified as authorised variety for Land of Cádiz and Córdoba wine.