Six white grapes to watch in the Douro

3. Rabigato


Rabigato. Picture source: Wines of Portugal

Almost exclusively grown in the Douro, Rabigato is appreciated for its ability to retain acidity in hot areas as well as produce age-worthy whites with floral aromas.

Indeed, so well adapted is this grape to the climate of the Douro, Symington Family Estates is top-grafting Rabigato onto its plantings of Malvasia Fina.

It also featured last year as a possible “flagship grape of the future”, when grape geneticist and Wine Grapes co-author José Vouillamoz picked out 14 obscure varieties that he believed could be (or at least should be) well-known and widely-planted grapes of the future.

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