Mourvèdre is a black grape variety, known as Monastrell in Spain and Mataro in the USA and Australia. It is thought to have originated in Spain, where it produces rich, expressive wines. Mourvèdre in France produces wines high in tannin and alcohol that are predominantly blended with Grenache and Syrah to form the typical Rhône-style blend. These iconic Rhône-style blends are replicated with great success in Australia, where a unique complex style is achieved. In California, the grape known as Mataro dwindled in popularity until it was rebranded as Mourvèdre. This European connection revitalised interest and increased prices.