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Rufeta grapes

by | Feb 25, 2017

Rufeta, also known as Rufete is referred to a famous variety of red wine grape which mainly hails from Portugal.


This red wine grape variety is primarily used for the port wine production in the Douro region of Portugal.

To be more specific, the plantation and cultivation of this red wine grape variety are carried out very abundantly in the regions of northern Portugal, especially in the Dao, Douro as well as Beira Interior regions.

At the same time, this red wine grape variety is also grown in the northwestern Spanish regions, namely Castilla y Leon where the use of this red wine grape variety is carried out for the preparation of both red wines as well as rose wines.

In Spain, this red wine grape variety is mostly grown in the region of Arribes where it plays a complementary role in the local favorite wines of Juan Garcia.

Apart from this particular region in Spain, this red wine grape variety is also grown along the Duero basin across the border in the province of Spain as well as in Castile and Leon.

This red wine grape variety is also found in the Dao DOC of Portugal where it is also known as Tinta Pinheira.

This red wine grape variety is mostly referred to as a very early ripening grape variety which produces the wines that are light-bodied.

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However, if the vines of this grape variety are vinified entirely, the results are full-bodied wines.

The light-bodied wines so produced out of this red wine grape variety are mostly at the risk of oxidizing easily, especially when the winemakers do not entertain the use of anaerobic winemaking techniques during the process of their vinifcation.

When the vines of this red wine grape variety are not ripened fully, it could cause a lot of problems for this red wine grape variety to prepare themselves into the wines. The wines lose their aromatic features and they become a little dull.

This red wine grape variety is mostly used as a blending component and therefore the chances for this red wine grape variety to produce itself into a varietal wine are very rare.

This situation could be encountered once in a blue moon. This grape is mostly associate with the production of fortified wines in the region of Douro.

At the same time, it is also used excessively in the production of various DOCs in the regions of Spain, especially in larger Beiras, Cova di Beira as well as Pinhel wine regions.

This red wine grape variety is also known under a number of synonyms Penamacor, Tinta Pinheira, Pinot Aigret, Rufeta, Ruceta, Rofete, Pennamaior, Rupeti Berra, Rifette, Rosette and many others.

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This red wine grape variety has possibly been originated in the region of Spain. To be more particular, this red wine grape variety finds its origin in Sierra de Francia that is located in the south of Salamanca as well as in the inland in northern Portugal. It is also believed that Rebello da Fonseca is one of the synonyms of this grape.


The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety could be both light bodied as well as full bodied wines.

The full bodied wines come with several plummy flavors as well as savory earth tones. These wines are said to have a minty aroma.

The level of tannins entertains by these wines are ample and also they have a good level of acidity that clearly ensure that the wines are able to mature themselves for a longer period.

The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are mostly the blends and they are hardly used as varietal wines. Overall, these wines are considered to be very tasteful and decent.

Food pairing

All the wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are best paired with the food items such as Leitao a Faia, parsley sauce, herbs as well as cheese.


Michael Bredahl

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