Six white grapes to watch in the Douro

2. Viosinho


Viosinho. Picture source: Wines of Portugal

Found in the old mixed white vineyards of the Douro, Viosinho was described as a “great variety” by Symington viticulturist Fernando Alves, although it has been historically unpopular with growers due to its low yields.

According to Wine Grapes, the variety originates from the Douro, and has been dubbed the Portuguese Sauvignon Blanc for its intense aromas.

Only around 100 hectares exist in Portugal, although plantings are increasing due to Viosinho’s potential to produce full-bodied, aromatic and long-lived whites.

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