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Grape Varieties - Arinto

Arinto

This is a white Portuguese grape, the home turf of whcih is Bucelas just to the north of Lisbon. A wine of this region, made from Arinto and Esgana Cao (dog strangler), was popular in Victorian Britain, where it was known as Portuguese Hock, giving rise to the belief that Arinto is related to Riesling (it is not).

Arinto is grown in other parts of northern Portugal, including vinho verde country.

Signature Style

Signature Style

Arinto retains firm, citrus acidity, even in the sub-Mediterranean climate of western Portugal. It is capable of extended ageing in bottle.

Famous Examples

Famous Examples

Bucelas, where Arinto must make up at least 75% of the blend.

Principle Regions

Principle Regions

Bucelas, Tejo, Vinho Verde

Synonyms

Synonyms

Arintho, Arintho du Dao, Arinto Cachudo, Arinto Cercial, Arinto d'Anadia, Arinto de Bucelas, Arinto do Douro, Arinto Galego, Asal Espanhol, Asal Galego, Assario Branco, Boal Cachudo, Branco Espanhol, Cerceal, Chapeludo, Malvasia Fina, Pe de Perdiz Branco, Pederna, and Pedernao.

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