with a strong berry taste and a lot of spice
based stews, Provencal vegetable dishes.roast lamb
coast of Spain
Spain, Australia, California
Tempier, Bandol, Hewitson Old Garden Mourvedre (Australia)
was probably introduced to Catalonia by the Phoenicians in
around 500 BC. The name Mourvèdre comes from Murviedro (Morvedre
in Catalan, nowadays Sagunt) near Valencia and the name Mataró
comes from Mataró, Cataluña. It arrived in France sometime
after the 16th century, and spread eastwards towards the Rhone.
It arrived in California in the 1860's as part of the Pellier
collection. It was hit hard by the phylloxera epidemic,
but has been increasing in popularity of late. Considerable
confusion has resulted from Internet reports that DNA fingerprinting
had confirmed that Monastrell was not the same grape as Mourvèdre.
These reports were the result of the misreading of a UC Davis
analysis that a particular sample had been misidentified
are around 12 square kilometres of Mourvedre in Australia,
with the most significant plantings in South Australia and
New South Wales. It is usually found in Rhone-style GSM blends
of Grenache, Shiraz,
Mourvedre. It has also found its way into Australian fortified
(sometimes known as Balzac) is widespread across the
Mediterranean coast of southern France, where it is
a notable component of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. It was once
the most popular grape in Provence, but is now much
less common there. One exception is Bandol on the Mediterranean
coast of Provence, where Mourvedre has found a natural
home, producing powerful red wines in the style of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
It is sometimes used to produce a fortified red wine
recently it was assumed that Spain's Monastrell grape was
identical to Mourvedre, so data on Mourvedre as opposed to
Monastrell is patchy. But it is likely that it is mostly on
the Mediterranean coast in regions such as Alicante and Jumilla.
are 8 square kilometres of Mourvedre in California. The variety
was one of the first to be used in Southern California, the
original wine center of the state. Some vineyards near Ontario,
California, date back to the turn of the 20th century. Mourvedre
varietals are made in the Cucamonga Valley, near Lodi and
in Santa Rosa. It is produced and bottled by boutique vineyards
and wineries found in Vallecito and Murphys in Calaveras County,
located in the Sierra Foothills of California. It is also
grown on Red Mountain and in Horse Heaven Hills, in Washington
State, and bottled by several wineries. Some of the best comes
from Paso Robles in the heart of the Rhone growing region
is very late to ripen. Ripening is helped by proximity to
a large body of water such as the Mediterranean Sea. The leaves
have 3-5 lobes, the bunches are long, conical and winged.
The berries are medium-sized and blue-black in colour, with
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