The Alentejo Blend
Portuguese Red Grapes

 
Alicante Bouschet

Alicante Boushet is “Teinturier” what means it has color on its pulp instead of just in the skin like most of the red grapes. It is considered one of Alentejo grapes, although originally it is not. But it was tried out, then banned, abandoned and prohibited by almost every known wine region in the world. And it was in the Alentejo were it has found its home, making impressive wines with huge concentration and extract and beautiful black berries and balsamic notes;

 

Aragonez (Tinta Roriz – Douro, Tempranillo- Spain)

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Known by many different names this variety is widely planted all over Spain and Portugal producing attractive juicy wines. Red and black berry fruit aromas, with some cinnamon-spicy. In the right conditions can produce dense wines with a great structure.

 

Castelão
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Known in the past as Periquita, this grape tends to produce light colored, fruity wines, that are normally pleasant and unpretentious. Saying this, it is almost impossible to speak with a true lover of Portuguese wines that doesn’t talk about an incredible experience with an old Castelão. We are still curious to taste one.

 

Touriga Nacional

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Universal regarded as the best variety for port and now leading the way in Portuguese table wines that show great finesse; are deeply colored and intensely flavored. Aromas are described as violets and smoky tea.

 

Trincadeira (Tinta Amarela – Douro)

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Trincadeira is a very temperamental varietal, if there is too much heat it tends to dry up into raisins, if it rains, it immediately burst and get’s rotten. So it is easy to imagine how much people like it. But it is an essential component of the Alentejo blend, bringing, a slightly herbaceous, peppery aroma, and also some earthy notes, that end up balancing restraining the blends that normally tend to have enough of ripeness and fruit driven aromas.

 

Portuguese White Grapes

 
Antão Vaz

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Antão Vaz is the flagship white grape varietal from the Alentejo, very late ripening in can hold some acidity till very late on the session, but it is for its body that it is known for.

 
Arinto

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One of the great Portuguese white grape varietals very widespread all over of Portugal, being the backbone of most of the white. Known for its acidity the style of the wines it produces can be compared to how Chardonnay behaves in Chablis. Producing crisp, mineral citrus wines, that can last long.

 

Roupeiro (Síria – Beiras)

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It is one of the most planted grape varietals in the Alentejo Region and it is the base of Alentejo white wines. Wines are fresh, fruity with peach and pear aromas.

 
Verdelho (Gouveio – Douro, Godello-Spain)

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It is very confusing, some say it is the Verdejo of Spain, others the Verdelho of Madeira, but it is neither. Verdelho from the Alentejo is the same as Godello in Valdeorras or Gouveio in the Douro. It is a fruity varietal, with tea notes with good very body and great length.

 

Azores Grapes Varieties

 
Terrantez do Pico

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Terrantez do Pico  is one of the three indigenous grapes that are exclusive of the Azores islands.The two other are Verdelho and Arinto dos Açores. The better known Verdelho is shared with island of Madeira. This almost extinct grape varietal is very sensitive to rot, low yielding, doesn’t get has much alcohol has its local sisters.  Reason was it was little by little abandoned by the locals. The wines are fresh, mineral and salty, only comparable with a salty Alvarinho, or a salty Riesling. FITAPRETA is proud to say that when we got involved in the project of recovering Terrantez do Pico, there were less than 100 plants in commercial vineyards, and  that now, they overcame 4000 plants, in what is safe to say that now this grape has been saved