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 is becoming less popular than in France. Mourvèdre in France produces wines high in tannin and alcohol and is predominantly blended with Grenache and Syrah to form the typical style Rhône blend. Rhône style blends are also 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.