Mourvedre Grape Vine
Mourvedre is a thick-skinned, warm climate grape originated from Spain, where it is better known by the name Monastrell. Once a relatively obscure grape, now it is widely planted in the Bandol, Southern Rhone and Languedoc regions of France. It is continuing to gain rapid popularity in these regions and currently makes up a large portion of their blends. It is often blended with Grenache and Syrah, and in California “GSM” blends are quite popular. Mourvèdre is a late ripening variety that is sensitive to mildew and frost, therefore it fares best in dry and warm to hot climates.
The wines from Mourvèdre are often distinctly earthy and carry wild aromatics. They can be high in tannins and are generally full bodied. Pair this grape with barbecue and smoked meats for the perfect outdoor gathering!
Name: Vitis vinifera
Site and Soil: Grapes like full to 1/2 day sun and well-drained soil. Grapes are drought resistant once they are established.
Rootstock Description: 3309C
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 10° F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 10-12 ft. in width on fence, trellis, or other support.
Taste: Aromatic, high tannins, full bodied
Bloom Time: May
Ripening Time: Late September
Yield: 10-15 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Repel birds with flash tape or cover plants with bird netting.
USDA Zone: 6