Six white grapes to watch in the Douro

4. Dorinto

arinto1Described by Symington viticulturist Fernando Alves as a cousin of Arinto, Dorinto produces citrus-scented wines, while proving particularly drought-resistant, a useful trait in the Douro Superior.

The variety was in fact historically known as Arinto no Douro, but was renamed Dorinto to distance itself from Arinto, which has a different DNA.

In any case, Dorinto does not originate from the Douro, but Portugal’s Dão region.

According to Wine Grapes, as little as 20 hectares of Dorinto is planted in Portugal, with the majority located in ancient vineyards of the Baixo Corgo, the Douro’s mildest sub-region.

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