Facebook pixel

Wines with Brancellao grapes

by | Dec 7, 2016

5/5 (2)

Brancellao’s red grape variety is used in Vinho Verde red wines native to the Spanish region of Galicia.

Wine with Brancellao grapes

It is called as Brancelho and Alvarelhao or Alvarello in the Portugal region, Varancelha, Pilongo, Locaia, and a lot more. It is indigenous to the northern Portugal’s Duoro valley region.

Very less information about its ancestry or its origin is known. It is used as the main role in the heavy fitter Port blends and also used in the production of the light red and rose wines and some table wines.

The wines made from this grape variety are elegant, light in the test and highly aromatic. Although it is mainly found in the Douro region as there appears to be a little variety of it growing outside this region, but it also has dedicated cultivation in California’s Central Valley in North America.

Wine grape varieties

Yet in the recent discoveries have led to controversies that the imported variety to the California region proved to be Touriga Nacional instead of Alvarelhao or Alvarelhao may in fact be the Touriga Nacional variety.

Despite all this, the planting of this variety is somewhat declining. Wines are best consumed young. False flavors may be developed due to aging and so the fermentation of the grape takes less time.

Remember to read the Wine Tasting guide…


Origin of Brancellao

It is native to the Galicia region of Spain. Its origin, like many other varieties of grape is unknown. Some DNA studies have driven by the fact that it could be possibly very much similar to the Esgana Cao variety.

Envero do #Brancellao de #FazendaPrádio #RibeiraSacra

A photo posted by Xabi (@fazendapradio) on

This variety might get extinct accounting to the shortage due to low productivity. It is also grown in the area of DO: Rias Baixas and Ribeira Sacra.

Other details about how the grape originated and how it was brought to this region is still not known. Experiments on the grape to make new flavors and wines are being done.

Features of Brancellao

Brancellao grapes belong to the small, oval short berry type.

It makes ruby red and light ruby red delicious wines with fragile and harmonious fragrances.

These are used to mix with other varieties as well.

It belongs to the late flowering period variety. The buds appear and ripen late, which prevents it from spring frost. It is a strong variety of grape with a fairly high upright habit of growth.

The leaves of the vines are dark green colored, sizing from medium to large, 3-conical and rather loose, with small, short elliptical berries. Its berries are black-blue skinned.

It has been accounted for as delivering red wines with great acidity and balance. Its vines are harsh and hard, however it can oppose any extreme level of temperature. It is lower in color than tannin.

It does not show any particular virtues for either red wines or port blenders. The wines are light and aromatic which display less complexity and aging ability.

It produces good quality wine with a good disease resistant factor. The grape is used in the blends of many wines to add aroma.

Food Pairing

This variety of grapes is used to make wine with slightly high acidity making it fairly easy to pair with all food items. It goes well with the dishes with high salt content.

However, dishes with high flavors should be avoided with this wine having a light taste which will eventually diminish with the high flavors of the food.

You can enjoy the elegant flavor of the wine with salads and any dish with high salt content. Spaghetti can be taken with this wine. Despite the common misconception that red wine and chocolate go well together, this matching is quite difficult to pull off.

The bitter tannins in the wine multiply the bitter flavors in the chocolate, which makes the whole pairing taste too bitter.  Generally, we should steer clear of the pairing of red wine and fish.

The variety has not yet developed to the extent that it can be added among the best wines of the regions and so it needs to reach other parts of the world.

Also the production rate has gone down, which will lead to the extinction of the variety so to cater to the demands of the coming generation the production of the grape variety also needs to be increased.


Michael Bredahl

Michael Bredahl

Wine Writer

I have been online since it all began, with blogging and creating websites. Drinking wine, and writing about them, are one of my passions. Remember to drink responsibly 🙂

Are you a Copywriter?

We have a lot of articles without much content, if you can do it better, you are welcome to write a nice article, and get the proper credit for that. Read more information about beeing an author, and Contact us for more information.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Wines with Brancellao grapes

Wine Grape Varieties
Wine Informations
Wine Merchants
Bar and Cocktail Equipment
Bottle Opener
Wine Accessories
Wine Opener
Alcohol Free
Brown Ale
Chinese Beer
Christmas Beer
Czech Beer
Danish Beer
English Beer
Finnish Beer
German Beer
Iceland Beer
Indian Pale Ale
Italian Beer
Japanese Beer
Mexican beer
Pale Ale
Seasonal Beer
Swedish Beer
Turkish Beer
Wheat Beer
White Ale
French Champagne
Cocktail Bitters
Cocktail Mixer
Cocktail Muscat
Cocktail Shakers
Fruit Juice
Mead and Tonic Wine
Soft Drinks
Spirits Mixer
Dessert Wine
Argentinian Dessert Wine
Australian Dessert Wine
Chile Dessert Wine
English Dessert Wine
French Dessert Wine
Fruit and Ginger Wine
German Dessert Wine
Hungarian Dessert Wine
Italian Dessert Wine
Madeira and Marsala
New Zealand Dessert WIne
Portugal Dessert Wine
South African Dessert Wine
Spanish Dessert Wine
Cognac and Brandy
Eau De Vie
Gin & Genever
Gran Marnier
Irish Liqueur
Irish Vodka
RTD'S (Ready to Drink)
Tequila & Mescal
Port Wine
Portuguese Port Wine
Portuguese White Port
Ruby Port Wine
Tawny Port Wine
Red Wine
American Red Wine
Argentina Red Wine
Australian Red Wine
Austrian Red Wine
Bulgarian Red Wine
Chile Red Wine
English Red Wine
French Red Wine
Georgia Red Wine
German Red Wine
Greek Red Wine
Hungarian Red Wine
Italian Red Wine
New Zealand Red Wine
Portuguese Red Wine
South African Red Wine
Spanish Red Wine
Uruguay Red Wine
Rosé Wine
American Rosé Wine
Australian Rosé Wine
Chile Rosé Wine
English Rosé Wine
French Rosé Wine
German Rosé Wine
Italian Rosé Wine
New Zealand Rosé Wine
Portuguese Rosé Wine
South African Rosé Wine
Spanish Rosé Wine
Sparkling Wine
American Sparkling Wine
Argentina Sparkling Wine
Cyprus Sparkling Wine
French Sparkling Wine
German Sparkling Wine
Italian Sparkling Wine
South African Sparkling Wine
Spanish Sparkling Wine
Walisisch Sparkling Wine
Blended Malt Whisky
Blended Whisky
Bourbon & USA Whiskey
Grain Whisky
Irish Whiskey
Other Whisky
Scotch Whisky
Single Malt Whisky
White Wine
American White Wine
Argentina White Wine
Australian White Wine
Austrian White Wine
Chile White Wine
English White Wine
French White Wine
Georgia White Wine
German White Wine
Greek White Wine
Hungarian White Wine
Italian White Wine
New Zealand White Wine
Slovakian White Wine
South African White Wine
Spanish White Wine
Chile Wine
English Wine
Exclusive Wines
Fine Wine
French Wine
German Wine
Italian Wine
New Zealand Wine
Port Sherry Madeira
Portugal Wine
Spanish Wine
Wine Gifts
Beer Gifts
Gift Packaging
Spirit Gifts
Wine & Champagne Gifts
5/5 (2)

Give this page a High Five!

Save up to 20%

Get our newsletter with the promotional code, and save a lot of money!

You will now recieve our Newsletters, Thank You :-)

See all of Our Promotional Codes and benefits here

Online Shopping and World's Best Wines

Save up to 20%

Receive our newsletter and get the latest news, promotional codes and freebies

You will now recieve our Newsletters, Thank You :-)

See all of Our Promotional Codes and benefits here