Grown mostly in southern France and Spain (where it is known as Mataro), this red grape is best suited for warmer climates. When fully ripe, it produces well-structured wines that are deep- colored, high in alcohol, intensely fruity, and have peppery and spicy characteristics. Mourvèdre is usually blended with other reds to provide color and structure, particularly Bandol reds from France's Provence region, which can age for 20 years or more. Australia and California have recently added small plantings of this increasingly fashionable grape.