Portuguese Grapes

 

ARAGONÊS / TINTA RORIZ (red)

Tinta Roriz is a very fine variety of extraordinary quality. This grape has also been grown for centuries in the Alentejo, but under the name of Aragonês. In good years it produces full-bodied, inky and highly aromatic wines. The grape has fine and delicate aromas of pepper and berries. 

LOUREIRO (white)

 

Grown mainly in the upper Minho region along the River Lima valley, Loureiro is a very old grape variety. Aromatically exuberant, Loureiro (along with Moscatel) is considered the most perfumed of Portuguese grapes, evoking bay leaf, lime tree, acacia, orange and peach. In blends with other regional grapes, its exceptional aromatic qualities construct some of the best white wines in Portugal.


TRINCADEIRA / TINTA AMARELA (red)

One of the most widespread Portuguese grape varieties. It shows best, however, in hot, dry and very bright areas, tailor-made, in fact, for the Alentejo. It has excellent acidity, soft tannins and abundant, intense aromas of plum and blackberry, producing elegant and balanced wines. A Trincadeira blend with Aragonês in the Alentejo or Touriga Nacional in the Douro will result in top quality wines.