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Sousão grapes

by | Mar 1, 2017

Sousão, also known as Souzao is considered as a very famous variety of red wine grape that is mostly recognized for the production of port wines.


This grape variety hails from the region of Portugal and is considered as one of the most sought after wines in that particular region.

The origins of this red wine grape variety are ancient and in this whole run of time it has developed a good name for itself.

While originating in the regions of Minho, this red wine grape variety is primarily used in the countries of California, Australia, South Africa as well as Douro.

The grapes of this white wine grape variety are considered as very deep as to their color and therefore this grape produces the wines that are coarse and raisiny as to their taste.

In the region of Australia, this red wine grape variety is also used to make the port style wines, just like that in Portugal.

This grape is also used as to the production of table wines and is often seen blended with other famous grape varieties of Portugal.

These grapes are often known to be the teinturier grapes because of their intense hue, however the entire flesh of this grape variety is not pigmented.

Wine grape varieties

The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are believed to be much pigmented in terms of their color.

Today, this red wine grape variety is grown at large in the region of northern Minho, where this red wine grape variety is responsible as to the production of various red Vinho Verde vines.

The plantation and cultivation of this red wine grape variety are increasing notably due to its amazing characteristics.

To be more specific, this red wine grape variety is increasingly becoming popular for the production of the port wines.

Apart from its native place, this red wine grape variety is also grown across the border in Galicia that is located in the northwestern corner of Spain.

This red wine grape variety entertains a complex network of synonyms and therefore it is known under a number of names such as Souson.

Tinto Nacional, Tinto Antigo, Negrao, NegraoPe de Perdiz, Espadeiro da Tinta, EspadeiroPreto, EspadeiroBasto, Tinto da Parada, Sousao, PintaFemea and many others.

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This variety of red wine grape is believed to have originated in the regions of Portugal. To be more particular, this grape variety is a native to Minho regions of Portugal.

Interestingly, this grape grows both in white as well as red colors. However, the great content of red in them makes them to be known as the popular red wine grape variety of Portugal.


The grapes produced out of the vines of this red wine grape variety are considered to be deeply colored as to their skin.

Thus, these grapes produce all kinds of wines that are deep in terms of their appearance.

These wines are tinted and therefore they look very impressive on the tables. This red wine grape variety, as a result of all its properties is able to produce the wines that could be both blending and varietal.

The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are considered to be very coarse in terms of their taste.

In the regions of Australia, these wines are mostly prepared into table as well as port wines that are enjoyed by the people at large.

The level of acidity present in the wines of this red wine grape variety are considered to be good and the alcohol level present in them is considered to be high.

These wines come in light tannins and the textures present in them are satiny and smooth. These wines exhibit the aromas similar to fruits and wood.

Food pairing

The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety go well with a number of food items.

These wines are best paired with the food items such as grilled sardines, curd, cheese, tomatoes as well as steak sandwiches with caramelized onions.


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