Six white grapes to watch in the Douro

5. Arinto


Arinto. Picture source: Wines of Portugal

Indigenous to the small Portuguese sub-region of Bucelas in Estremadura, Arinto is favoured in the Douro for its ability to retain acidity, even in very hot sites.

Mainly used as a blending grape, it is used to make varietal wines in Bucelas and sometimes Vinho Verde too, although it is more commonly blended with Alvarinho and Loureiro in the latter region.

Due to its ability to produce wines with a lemon freshness even in hot climates, Arinto, which is one of Portugal’s oldest grapes, is attracting greater attention from wine producers in the Douro, and elsewhere in the country.

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