TRINCADEIRA

This grape variety is planted practically in all of Portugal. When young, wines produced from this grape have a deep red colour, similar to pomegranate. The aroma is complex with notes of black plums, vegetables and pepper. Wines are elegant with a smooth and elegant flavour and have the perfect level of acidity and freshness. Wines produced from Trincadeira usually have a good ageing potential.

 

 

ARAGONEZ

 

This grape variety is planted practically in all of Portugal. When young, wines produced from this grape have a deep red colour, similar to pomegranate. The aroma is complex with notes of black plums, vegetables and pepper. Wines are elegant with a smooth and elegant flavour and have the perfect level of acidity and freshness. Wines produced from Trincadeira usually have a good ageing potential.

 

CASTELÃO

Castelão is a grape that appreciates the South of Portugal where the climate is warmer. Wines produced form this variety have an intense red colour. They are smooth, round and with a lot of structure and pleasant acidity. The aromas include wild berries, especially currant. It is a hardworking grape variety, because if not enough attention is paid to it, it loses its charm and it becomes rustic.

 

ALICANTE BOUSCHET

Although it has a French name, this is a Portuguese grape variety, from the Alentejo region for that matter. It was developed by Henry Bouschet in 1855 by mixing Petit Bouschet (also his creation) and Grenache Noir.
Alicante Bouschet was created having the Midi region (South in the old designation) and the French colony, Algeria, in mind. It didn’t become famous in France and it is regarded as not being interesting. It was best received in the North of Africa, but it was in the Alentejo that it produced the best wines. Its juice is colourful, which makes it a tinturier variety with the nickname “writing ink”. It is a complex grape in terms of aromas which include wild berries, cocoa, olives and herbs. Its tannins are firm, it is voluptuous and generous when added to a batch of different grapes.

 

 

TOURIGA NACIONAL

This is the star of the Portuguese varieties. Its positive characteristics made it possible for it to spread throughout the country, maintaining its identity and by differentiating itself through location.
Wines produced from Touriga Nacional have nice aromas of violets, sometimes notes of roses or orange blossom, cherries, ginger, black plums, blueberries, blackberries, jelly… The flavour is elegant and full-bodied with soft prolonged tannins. Because it is so exuberant, it needs attention and its main virtue is to “illuminate” the batch of wine to which it is added.

 

SYRAH

Syrah was born in France and it is one of the most planted grapes in the world. In Portugal, it found its home in the Alentejo region. Its gift is to grant sophistication to the batches composed by rustic grapes, but it also presents itself very well when solo. The aromas of the wines produced from Syrah include cocoa, dark chocolate, black plums and spices. The wines produced from this grape are smooth and elegant with a very pleasant aftertaste.

 

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Cabernet Sauvignon results from the combination of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. The grands crus from Bordeaux make it a very distinct grape, which has made it travel to very distinct places, showing its elasticity worldwide. It is possibly the most planted grape in the world. The Alentejo is no exception, and in the region of Borba, great wines are produced from this grape.
It is mostly known by the persistent notes of green peppers, red peppers under the heat in the Alentejo. Pairing a wine produced from this grape with high-quality sausages and chorizos is a true gastronomical experience.
The pepper is not the only aroma present in wines produced from this grape which has a vegetable nature: eucalyptus and mint are also common aromas of this grape. Wines produced from Cabernet Sauvignon have a nice structure and elegance and the variety is mostly used for batches.

 

TOURIGA FRANCA

Touriga Franca is another grape created by man, a mixture of Touriga (not Nacional in the past) and Mourisco sometime in the end of the 19th century. The main objective at the time was to get vines which were good to work with and high-quality grapes in the winery. The result was achieved.
It was born in the Douro region and it doesn’t always enjoy the places where it is planted. It feels “at home” in the region of Borba where it absorbed the world around it. It is rarely used on its own, offering structure and good balance to the batches. Aromatically, it is rustic and it evokes stubble and wild herbs.

 

ALFROCHEIRO

There isn’t much information about this grape variety, but its small genetic variety indicates it is quite recent. It is mostly found in the Alentejo, since it enjoys a dry and sunny climate. It has a strong colour with aromas of berries, black plums and strawberries. It produces soft wines, easily enjoyable.

 

TINTA CAIADA

Tinta Caiada appreciates the heat and many hours of sun, so it is well known in the Alentejo. It produces fresh, well-structured and smooth wines with prolonged flavour. The aroma is of red berries with notes of chocolate and dirt. Wines produced from this grape please wine lovers very easily and are a good example of the typical Alentejo wines.