Regional Varieties: Baga Barbera Blaufränkisch Brachetto Carignan Carménère Cinsaut Dolcetto Gamay Graciano Lagrein Malvasia Nera Marzemino Montepulciano Mourvèdre Nero d'Avola Petit Verdot Petite Sirah Pinot Meunier Pinotage Touriga Nacional
Mourvèdre is a dark red grape that has recently spread worldwide from its original location, Valencia, Spain. The wines are often tannic and high in alcohol, but in a blend, the grape can add structure. It is a component of the blend called GSM (Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre).
This grape is most popular in the Rhône, where GSM originated. Australia is also making GSM. Spain does not grow as much Mourvèdre as once believed; recent research discovered that some plantings were actually Monastrell. There are a few examples in the US as well, particularly from California and Washington. An interesting example of the grape's varietal potential is in the red and rosé wines of Provence's Bandol. Bandol reds are dark, powerful and chocolaty.