Mataro, Monastrell, Mourvedre…

Colour: black

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

Where (map):

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.