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Agua Santa grapes

by | Dec 9, 2017

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In central Portugal, an unexciting crosses between Camarate and Castelao used in most of the blends in the country.

Agua Santa grapes

Some says that Agua Santa is also a breed of Trincadeira and Castelao, but did not have any consistency with the parentage.

Wines with Agua Santa grapes


The Agua Santa is referred to as the “holy water”, created from the blending of Camarate under the name of Mortagua and Castelao that is under the name of Joao Santarem.

This indifferent cross was achieved in 1948 by Jose Leao Ferreira de Almeida, conducted at the National Agronomy Research Center in Oeiras.

It was also evident that Agua Santa is a “double grandchild” of Cayetana Blanca and Alfrocheiro grape varieties.

Characteristics of Agua Santa

The vines of Agua Santa produce large, not tight clusters of big berries; which are prone to diseases such as powdery mildew.

Wine grape varieties

Characteristics of Agua Santa Wines

Agua Santa grape variety can be located exclusively in the Bairrada and Lisboa regions of Portugal and produces low acid, medium-bodied, slightly bitter wines with a little high level of alcohol that result to blends.


Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

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