Five grapes to watch in the Douro

2. Alicante Bouschet

This French grape produced in 1855 by crossing Grenache with Petit Bouschet is famous for its red flesh, but not producing wines of great quality.

However, Charles Symington told db that up to 5% of Symington Family Estates will soon be planted with this grape for its “heat resistance and amazing colour and structure”.

Indeed, he added, “It was not classed as good for Port [in the 1970s] but we have discovered it’s good quality in our climate conditions for Port and table wines.”

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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