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Trincadeira (AKA Tinta amarela) Red Wine Variety

Trincadeira is the most commonly used name for this variety in Portugal, but Tinta Amarela is a widely used and accepted synonym. Amarela means yellow in Portuguese. It refers to the colour of the mature shoots.

In Portugal's  Douro Valley many of the terraced vineyards are field blends of several varieties.   Image from Monica749 via PixabayIn Portugal's Douro Valley many of the terraced vineyards are field blends of several varieties as illustrated by this image. Trincadeira is likely to be among the varieties here. Image from Monica749 via Pixabay

Several of the varieties used for port wine are very suitable for table wine production, either alone or in blends.

Other varieties commonly used to make port are Tinta Roriz (AKA Tempranillo), Tinta Barocca, Tinto Cao and Touriga.

As the demand for fortified wines declines there is now quite a trend in the Douro Valley, the home of Port wine, to switch production from making fortified wines to table wines.

This same trend has been evident in Australia as well.

Iberian varieties used in Australia

These varieties now used in Australia all originated in Spain or Portugal

Albarino | Arinto | Cabernet franc | Graciano | Grenache | Grenache gris | Mataro/Mourvedre | Mencia | Palomino | Pedro Ximenez Souzao | Tinto Cao | Tinta Negra Molle | Touriga | Trincadeira | Verdejo | Verdelho

The flavour of Trincadera

Here are a couple of descriptions of this variety

full of rich dark fruit spiced by notes of cinnamon and clove supported by rounded tannins...

Jancis Robinson, Wine Grapes

dark, aromatic, spicy tea scented, gives good colour to blends

Steve De Long,
Wine Grape Varietal Table

Trincadeira in Australia

  • Campbells Wines Rutherglen
  • First Drop Barossa Valley
  • G Patritti & Co McLaren Vale
  • Massena Wines Barossa Valley
  • Old Plains Adelaide Plains
  • Peel Estate Peel
  • Quattro Mano Barossa Valley
  • Smallfry Wines Barossa Valley
  • Yarra Yering Yarra Valley
Updated 17 April 2020
Patritti's Trincadeira dry red wine from the Barossa ValleyPatritti's Trincadeira dry red wine from the Barossa Valley

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