Mourvedre grape varietal is often blended with other grape varietal such as Grenache. Lately, producers explore 100% Mourvedre wines, which are very tannic and high in alcohol.
Frequency: Fairly well planted around the world.
Synonym(s): “morastell” or “monastrell” in Spain. In France various synonys such as “mouverdon”, “négron” (Provence), “tire droit” (Drome), “spar” (Hérault”). In California known as “mataro”.
Origin: Provence (France) since the 14th century.
Maturity: Third period.
Sensitivity to disease: Downy mildew and powdery mildew.
Area(s) Cultivated: this grape varietal needs hot and dry climates to be cultivated on.
France → Provence, Rhone, Languedoc Rousillon
Europe → Spain, Italy
Worldwide → Australia, California, Russia
Type of Wines Profile(s) – Red and rosé wines, mainly high in alcohol. The age well because they are very tannic wines.
Facts and tips:
- 2nd grape varietal in Spain
- In France “Appelation Communale”→ Cassis, Cotes-de-Provence, Coteaux-d’Aix-en-Provence, Palette, Coteaux Varrois, Bandol.
- One of the 13th grape varietals authorized in Chateauneuf-du-Pape.