Portugal’s most planted grape varieties, the top-ten list

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Portugal is a wonderful wine country in many ways. Not least because it is unrelentingly focusing on Iberian grape varieties. The only French grape that is included in the top-10 list is Syrah, and it is in the 10th place. There is an immense variety of grapes. The 10 most grown only account for 55% of the entire vine surface of the country.

The most planted grape varieties in Portugal, in hectares, as well as upward or downward trends.

  1. Tempranillo / Tinta Roriz / Aragonese, red, 18,000 ha (up)
  2. Touriga Franca, red, 15,000 ha (up)
  3. Castelão, red, 13,000 (down)
  4. Fernão Pires, white 13,000 ha (down)
  5. Touriga Nacional, red, 12,000 ha (up)
  6. Trincadeira, red 11 000 ha (down)
  7. Baga, red, 7,000 ha (down)
  8. Síria / Roupeiro, white, 7,000 ha (down)
  9. Arinto, white, 6,000 ha (up)
  10. Syrah, red, 6,000 ha (up)
  11. Other grape varieties, 91 000 ha
  12. Total area 199 000 hectares

Source OIV

Travel: Travel with BKWine to the vineyards of Portugal, the Douro Valley.

Tempranillo (Aragones) in a vineyard in Alentejo, Portugal
Tempranillo (Aragones) in a vineyard in Alentejo, Portugal, copyright BKWine Photography

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