MourvèdreMourvèdre, Mataró, or Monastrell is variety of wine grape used to make both strong, dark red wines and rosés. It is an international variety grown in many regions around the world.

Mourvèdre produces tannic wines that can be high in alcohol, and is most successful in Rhone-style blends. It has a particular affinity for Grenache, softening it and giving it structure. Its taste varies greatly according to area, but often has a wild, gamey or earthy flavor, with soft red fruit flavors.

We’ve enjoyed the Mourvèdre produced by Demetria Estate in Santa Ynez Valley’s Foxen Canyon. Other wineries producing Mourvèdre include Shannon Ridge Winery in Clearlake Oaks and Core Wine Company in Orcutt.

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