Five grapes to watch in the Douro

4. Malvasia Preta

A slightly less obscure Douro grape than Tinta Francisca, Malvasia Preta covers a little over 1,000ha in the region, and is favoured for bringing structure and aromas of crushed raspberries to Port.

The grape does not form one of the recommended varieties in the “big five”, possibly because it is susceptible to botrytis due to its compact bunches.

According to Wine Grapes, Malvasia Preta (meaning black Malvasia) is late ripening and high yielding, and the variety is a natural cross between Cayetana Blanca and Alfrocheiro, which is thought to have occurred in the Douro.

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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