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Merenzao grapes

by | Jan 18, 2017

Merenzao is a very old variety of red wine grape that finds its very origin in the regions of eastern France.


This grape not only finds its plantation in France, but has successfully made its way in the vineyards of Western Europe, where the plantation is done in small parts as well as regions of Portugal where the plantation of this red wine grape variety is carried out in large forms.

In this particular region, this grape variety is used in the port wines. The plantation of this red wine grape variety is also carried out in a few regions of Spain.

This red wine grape variety carries out the production of the wines that is deep cherry, as to their colour and are very much rich as to their level of alcohol.

Since this red wine grape variety is one of the ancient varieties of wine, it has travelled a lot in different regions and entertains a long history. Thus, this is the reason it also goes by various name.

In the Jura region, particularly in the mountains of eastern France, this grape variety is referred to as Trousseau. In this particular region, it is one of the two indigenous grapes, which is very famous and also very much in demand.

Wine grape varieties

Despite of being so popular and very much in demand, the plantation of this red wine grape variety is losing its ground and it has been taken over by other international grape varieties such as Chardonnay as well as Pinot Noir.

In the region of Portugal, the most popular incarnation of this grape variety comes from the island of Madeira, where this grape is concerned with the production of the ever-rare wines of Madeira Bastardo.

In this region, it is also grown in the Douro as well as slightly further south of the regions of Dao as well as Bairrada.

Merenzao is also considered as one of those grape varieties that has been allowed in the production of port. However, the quality of the grape of this grape variety is insufficient to help it earn a place among the five most recommended Port grape varieties.

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Origin of Merenzao grape

This red wine grape variety basically hails from the Jura region of France. Later, the production of this red wine grape variety was encountered in abundance in various other regions of Portugal.

Today, the plantation of this red wine grape variety is also carried out in small portion in Australia under the name of Gros Cabernet, Argentina, Spain, Canary Islands, as well as the United States of America, particularly in the regions of California.

Synonyms of Merenzao grape

This grape variety is addressed under a number of synonyms such as Bastardo, Trousseau, Verdejo Negro, Gros Cabernet as well as Malvoisie Noire.

Characteristics of Merenzao wines

This red wine grape variety entertains a number of amazing characteristics that makes it one of the most tasteful red wines on the table.

All the wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are deep cherry as to their colour as well as appearance. The berries of this grape are red in their colour and they are able to define themselves into amazing red wines.

The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety entertain some amazing flavours of dark red berries as well as other forest fruits.

These wines are also considered as very much alcoholic as to their nature. This characteristic of being so alcohol straightaway comes from the prolific natural sugars that is entertained by the cherry of these berries

In terms of their level of acidity, these wines are highly acidic in nature which is simply a plus point. Later on, the tannins of these wines are also considered as decent tannins.

All these characteristics together make the wines produced out of this grape variety as the wines that are rich, tasteful as well as high potential alcohol.

Food pairing with Merenzao wines

All the wines produced out of this red wine grape variety as considered as very tasteful in nature. This is the reason these wines can be paired with a number of food items.

The wines produced out of Merenzao taste their best when they are paired with different kinds of food varieties such as roasted partridge with celeriac, smoked sausages as well as hard cow’s milk cheese such as Morbier.


Michael Bredahl

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