Five grapes to watch in the Douro

5. Tinta Francisca

Believed to originate from the Douro, this grape is not favoured in the region because it is low yielding.

However, the grape has many qualitative advantages, including adding aroma to Port blends, as well as its resistance to extremely hot and dry sites.

It is currently relatively rare in the Douro, with little more than 30 hectares planted in the region, less than 1% of the region’s 38,000ha total.

2 Responses to “Five grapes to watch in the Douro”

  1. Jason Brandt Lewis says:

    It shall, of course, be interesting to see what comes from this over the next few years and decades. In California, as I’m sure the Symingtons know, Paul Masson used Sousão to produce their famous “Port”(-styled wine), and it was quite tasty.

  2. Great article in order to educate the wine enthusiast all over the world about the Portuguese grapes and what makes our wines so special.
    Watch out for theis year’s harvest!

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