Carignan is a black-skinned wine grape variety found in wines along the Mediterranean coast, particularly in north-eastern Spain and in France's Languedoc-Roussillon region. Carignan is used most commonly for blending with many of the region's other key varieties – most famously Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Carignan prefers warm, dry climates when the grape can express high tannins, acid and colour. This makes it an excellent addition to red wine blends that have plenty of aroma and flavour, but lack body and depth of colour. Carignan wine is known as Carignane in California, and Cirnano in Italy.