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You won’t believe how many more Portuguese grape varieties I’ve found! (Part 2)

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First of all, I can’t believe how many of you were interested in the original blog posting about how many grape varieties there are in Portugal. Secondly, the re-tweeting of this one was immense. I’m totally surprised by the interest beyond my own. (Thanks!)

Now, Part 2…

The bottom line is that I’m now adding 232 more varieties to my existing list…

Right now, I may have collected the most extensive list in the world. It will become a blog that I post after this one, called Portuguese Cultivars, The Quintessential List (Part 3). It’ll be launched this weekend, because I don’t want to fill my Monday through Friday time with another Portuguese wine list. This list deserves to be recorded separately, however, to be the stand alone list; so, it’s set for this coming Saturday.

It’s hard to believe that this many more cultivars could be found in one fell swoop, but it’s happened.

This list is in addition to what was in my original blog post… NOT more being ADDED to my original list!

I have to thank my friend Luís Ribeiro of Enoforum Wines, my original source for inspiration. Being Luis’ colleague, and asking for help from anyone who might be in the know, Luís suggested that I visit these two sites from the Instituto da Vinha e do Vinho, I.P.:

  1. Check this site for white grapes
  2. And this one for red

My first reaction was, “Oh my God.” I thought I had created quite the list… At least the longest I had seen so far in all of my reading. Then I wondered, “Is this the quintessential list, and what I did has already been done?”

Upon examination, however, I knew that I had hit pay dirt thanks to Luís, and I would now be able to expand my list to be even more comprehensive. It would also move me closer to the goal of seeing how many Portuguese grape varieties there actually are.

I was reminded by Paul Gregutt that many Mediterranean grape varieties are synonyms, and I’m working diligently to try to only list one cultivar once, putting any synonyms that I find into parenthesis.

I also appreciated seeing that the Instituto broke up their list with letters of the alphabet. This makes a lot of sense to me, and so I’ll now also be breaking up my list.

REMINDER: The lists below only have new additions.

Original white (78) + new white (103) = Total white to date (181)

Original red (92) + new red (129) = Total red to date (221)

Cultivars  that will be recorded on Wine-blog under Portuguese Cultivars, The Quintessential List = 402

Portuguese White Grape Varieties (Name ~ DOC Region)

White Varieties  ~ 103 more than my original list

[A]

Alicante Branco
Almafra
Almenhaca
Alvadurão
Alvar
Alvarelhão Branco
Arinto Pedernã
Arinto do Interior
Arns Burguer
Assaraky
Azal

[B]

Babosa
Barcelo
Bastardo Branco
Batoca
Beba
BoalBoal Barreiro
Boal Espinho
Branca de Anadia
Branco Desconhecido
Branco Gouvães
Branco Guimarães
Branco João
Branda
Budelho

[C]

Caínho B
Caracol B
Carão de Moça
Carrasquenho
Cascal
Castália
Castelão Branco
Castelo Branco
Cerceal Branco
Chardonnay
Chasselas
Chasselas Sabor
Chasselas Salsa
Côdega
Côdega de Larinho
Colombard
Cornichon
Corval
Crato Espanhol

[D]

Dedo de Dama
Dona Branca
Dona Joaquina
Dorinto

[E]

Esganinho
Esganoso
Estreito Macio

[F]

Folha de Figueira

[G]

Generosa
Gigante
Godelho
Gouveio Estimado
Gouveio Real
Granho

[J]

Jacquere

[L]

Larião
Leira
Lilás
Luzidio

[M]

Malvasia Branca
Malvasia Branca de S. Jorge
Malvasia Parda
Malvasia Romana
Malvia
Malvoeira
Marquinhas
Molinha
Moscadet
Moscatel Nunes
Mourisco Branco
Müller-Thurgau

[N]

Naia

[P]

Pé Comprido
Perigo
Pinheira Branca
Pinheira Roxa
Pinot Blanc
Pintosa
Promissão

[R]

Rabigato Franco
Rabigato Moreno
Riesling
Rio Grande

[S]

Sabro
Santoal
São Mamede
Sauvignon
Seara Nova
Semilão
Sercialinho
Síria

[T]

Terrantez da Terceira
Terrantez do Pico
Trincadeira Branca

[U]

Uva Cavaco
Uva Salsa

[V]

Valente
Valveirinho
Vencedor
Verdial Branco
Viognier

Portuguese Red Grapes Varieties (Name ~ Region)

Red Varieties  ~ 127 more than my original list

[A]

Agronómica
Água Santa
Alcoa
Alfrocheiro
Alvar Roxo
Alvarelhão Ceitão
Amor-Não-Me-Deixes
Amostrinha
Arinto Roxo
Arjunção
Azal Tinto ~ Vinho Verde, Minho

[B]

Barca
Barreto
Bastardo Roxo
Bastardo Tinto
Bonvedro
Bragão
Branjo

[C]

Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabinda
Caladoc
Calrão
Campanário
Carignan
Carrega Burros
Castelino
Chasselas Roxo
Cidadelhe
Cidreiro
Cinsaut
Coração de Galo
Corropio
Corvo

[D]

Deliciosa
Doçal
Doce
Donzelinho Roxo

[E]

Engomada
Esgana Cão Tinto
Espadeiro Mole

[F]

Farinheira
Fepiro
Fernão Pires Rosado
Folgasão Roxo

[G]

Galego
Galego Rosado
Gamay
Gewurztraminer
Gorda
Gouveio Preto
Gouveio Roxo
Graciosa
Grenache
Grossa

[L]

Listrão
Lourela
Lusitano

[M]

Malandra
Malvarisco
Malvasia Cabral
Malvasia Fina Roxa
Manteúdo Preto
Mário Feld
Melhorio
Melra
Merlot
Mindelo
Molar
Mondet
Moscargo
Moscatel Galego Tinto
Mourisco de Semente
Mourisco de Trevões
Mourisco Roxo
Mulata

[P]

Parreira Matias
Pau Ferro
Pero Pinhão
Petit Bouschet
Petit Verdot
Péxem
Pical
Pilongo
Pinheira Roxa
Pinot Gris
Pinot Noir
Português Azul
Preto Cardana
Primavera

[R]

Rabo de Lobo
Rabo de Ovelha Tinto
Ramisco Tinto
Ricoca
Roal
Rodo
Roseira
Roxo Flor
Roxo Rei

[S]

Saborinho
Santareno
São Saul
Syrah

[T]

Tannat
Teinturier
Tinta
Tinta Aurélio
Tinta Bastardinha
Tinta Fontes
Tinta Lisboa
Tinta Martins
Tinta Penajóia
Tinta Porto Santo
Tinta Tabuaço
Tintem
Tintinha
Tinto Cão
Tinto Pegões
Tinto Sem Nome
Transâncora
Trigueira

[V]

Valbom
Valdosa
Varejoa
Verdelho Roxo
Verdelho Tinto
Verdial Tinto

[X]

Xara

[Z]

Zé do Telheiro
Zinfandel

Sources to Date

  1. Catavino.net
  2. Instituto da Vinha e do Vinho, I.P.
  3. Parker’s Wine Buying Guide, 6th Edition ~ ISBN 00-7432-2932-0
  4. The Oxford Companion to Wine, edited by Jancis Robinson, Second Edition ~ ISBN 0-19-866236-X
  5. The Global Encyclopedia of Wine, 378-399 ~ ISBN 1-74048-031-7
  6. The Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia by Tom Stevenson, pg 373-376 ~ ISBN 0-7894-8039-5
  7. *Wine, Andre Domine, 5th Edition ~ ISBN 3-8331-1032-5
  8. Wine Appreciation by Richard P. Vine ~ ISBN 0-8160-1148-6
  9. Wine Bible, Karen MacNeil ~ ISBN 1-56305-434-5
  10. Wapedia.mobi
  11. Wikipedia
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5 Responses to “You won’t believe how many more Portuguese grape varieties I’ve found! (Part 2)”

  1. I bet many of these varieties could make fantastic dry table wines in California, with our hot climate that resembles Portugal’s. Problem is, the marketing and distribution people could never sell them. So we’ll probably never know.

  2. Jo Diaz says:

    All true, Steve.

    What a great trip to Portugal for a story it would be, “On the quest to taste them all.” Even there, you’d need to bring a geneticist with you to actually find a fraction of the obscure ones.

    It’s still so remarkable.

    Someone on Twitter wrote, “Not necessarily a good thing…” I’m still trying to think about what’s wrong with a plentiful diversity like this. No one’s trying to market them all, as it’s not possible. I think this is one case where quantity has nothing to do with quality, as no-one’s trying to capture that market… they’re just let the grapes grow sweet.

  3. Mike says:

    There are actualy over 600 native grape varietals in portugal which are used to make wine. Many of these grow in such small regions that production is limited. However, there are many available in the u.s. I am drinking a glass of 100 % baga right now, which is not on your list of reds.

  4. Jo Diaz says:

    Yeah… One more. Thanks.

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