Black grape variety mostly important in its native home Utiel-Requena which is a DO (Denominación de Origen) for wines from Valencia - in fact Utiel and Requena are two neighbouring towns - hence the name. Bobal is largely grown for bulk wines. However when grown at high altitude some elegant examples have been produced. It is also grown in southern France and Sardinia. This variety yields wines that are suitable for barrel and bottle ageing.