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Rabo de Ovelha grapes

by | Feb 16, 2017

Rabo de Ovelha is considered as a Portuguese variety of white wine grape which is available in abundance all over the regions of Portugal.

Rabo de Ovelha

This grape variety is often confused with the red wine grape variety called Rabo de Anho. However, as a matter of fact, both these varieties are distinct from each-other.

The former is found all over Portugal while the latter grape variety is found only in the regions of Vinhe Verde.

This white wine grape variety is also referred to as an authorized grape variety in a number of Denominacao de OrigemControlada namely Borba, Biarrada, Bucelas, Setubal, Reguengos as well as Redondo.

This white wine grape variety has got its name from the way that all bunches of grapes entertain a resemblance to the ewe’s tail.

In the process of winemaking, this white wine grape variety is considered to be producing the wines that are highly alcoholic. Thus, these wines are often considered to lack subtlety.

This light-skinned white wine grape is grown all throughout the regions of Portugal. However, the most notable region where the plantation and cultivation of this white wine grape variety is carried out in abundance is Douro.

In this particular region, the use of this white wine grape variety is not only carried out in the table wines, but in White Port as well where this grape variety is used as a minor ingredient.

At the same time, this white wine grape variety is often used in a number of blends. This is due to a high level of alcohol as well as a good level of acidity present in it.

Wine grape varieties

The growers of this white wine grape variety have been known to harvest its fruit in different stages during its very ripening process.

It permits these grapes to entertain a greater palette of flavors as well as to add layers of complexity to all kinds of wines produced out of them.

The grapes of this white wine grape variety are the most popular for making the Duoro Superior DOC wines. In this particular type, this grape is referred to Rabigato or so to speak, the cat’s tail.

The production of the fortified White Port produced out of this white wine grape variety is considered to be greatly influenced by the growers and they have started planting more and more vines of this grape variety in order to enhance its production even more.

The other kinds of wines that are produced out of this white wine grape variety are Vionshio, Gouveio, Siria, Codega as well as Malvasia.

In the American regions, this white wine grape variety is used as to the preparation of Zucchinnitarta also known as quinche.

This white wine grape variety is used as a major ingredient in the preparation of several mouth-watering cuisines in the regions of America, Asia as well as Europe.

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This white wine grape variety is indigenous to the regions of Portugal. The origin of this white wine grape variety was found in the regions of Duoro.

It is grown in a number of regions of Portugal; however Duoro carries out the most abundant plantation of these grapes.

This white wine grape variety is also often considered to be similar as Rabigato grape variety, in fact, in some of the regions it is referred to as Rabigato. However, the recent DNA profiling has distinguished these varieties from each-other.


Since the level of alcohol and acidity in the grapes of this white wine grape variety is considered to be high, the wines produced out of these grapes are considered to be rich in terms of their quality.

This is the main reason why this grape variety is used in several blends. The ample level of acidity and alcohol helps to add weight and structure to the blends and therefore makes it all tastier.

The wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are considered to be very aromatic and they exhibit aromas of orange blossom, acacia as well as cut grass. There are nuances of minerals present in them. The taste is distinct and flavorsome.

Food pairing

All the wines produced out of this white wine grape variety are best paired with the food items such as Quiche with rocket and goats’ cheese, steamed clams with white wine as well as tuna carpaccio.


Michael Bredahl

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