The flagship wine grapes of the future

Rabigato and Alfrocheiro

Rabiogato

Rabigato

Beginning with two indigenous Portuguese grapes, Vouillamoz said that white variety from the Douro, Rabigato could become the “next big thing” because it is a high-quality and high-acid, age-worthy grape.

Meanwhile, moving to the central Portuguese region of Dão, he said that red grape Alfrocheiro Preto had a bright future for its ability to retain acidity, even in hotter climates.

Further justifying these choices, he said consumers are moving towards “lighter and more acidic wines”.

One Response to “The flagship wine grapes of the future”

  1. John Cifelli says:

    Patrick,
    Great article. It’s exciting to think that there are many lifetimes of exploration and development in the ever expanding wine world. One item to add- Counoise is being grown at Unionville Vineyards in New Jersey as well with great success. Rhone varieties, along with some Austrian varieties (perhaps the flagship varieties of the future in the past) have a home in NJ.
    -John Cifelli, Executive Director, Garden State Wine Growers Association

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