The red grape variety (also Tinta Grossa) originates from Portugal. The parentage is unknown. It should not be confused with the varieties Carrega Tinto, Marufo or Tinta Barroca, despite the seemingly indicative synonym Tinta Grossa or morphological similarities. The late-ripening vine with thick-skinned berries produces deep, dark red wines with diverse aromas of sour cherries, blackberries and vanilla. The variety is mainly cultivated in the Vidigueira area (Alentejo), as well as in the Tejo area on a total of 49 hectares. It is also present on the Spanish archipelago of the Balearic Islands with 5 hectares. In 2016, a total of 54 hectares of vines were designated (Kym Anderson).
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