This is a Portuguese white wine variety from the region of Bucelas just north of Lisbon. In fact the variety is also know as Arinto de Bucelas.
Arinto is fairly common in its native Portugal where it is prized for its ability to retain acidity even in hot climates. Little is grown outside its native land.
This variety is a recent arrival here. It has attracted the attention of grape growers and winemakers in hotter Australian wine regions with an eye to finding suitable varieties to adapt to climate change.
Early results have been quite promising but it is early days yet.
Arinto is a rare variety in Australia, just a few wineries are using it. You can find more Rare Ozzies in the Pinterest images below.
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