With origins in Spain where it is the second most widely planted grape, Mourvèdre (or Monastrell as it is called locally) has regained popularity in the past few decades. It is found throughout the South of France and is the dominant grape in Provence's noteworthy Bandol. There are newer plantings in California and Australia, especially in the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, where Mourvèdre is often blended with Grenache and Syrah.

Mourvèdre is challenging to grow with irregular yields and very-tight bunches, but it thrives in warm, wind-swept areas. It is deeply-colored with spicy notes of thyme, clove, cinnamon, black pepper and blackberry with leathery and gamey accents. In the proper hands, Mourvèdre yields spicy, masculine wines with deep color, structure, and savory flavors that can be very age-worthy.

Made with this varietal: Les Pavés,Jocunda