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Tinta Caiada grapes

by | Mar 7, 2017

Tinta Caida, most popularly referred to as Parraleta is considered as a red wine grape variety of Portugal.

Tinta Caiada

This grape variety is a very lesser-known grape variety of Portugal the use of which is mainly and mostly taken into blends.

Referred to as Parraleta mainly in the regions of Spain, this grape variety is addressed as Tinta Caida in all the regions of Portugal along with a number of Mediterranean countries.

Although most of the use of this red wine grape variety is taken into blends, some of the winemakers use this red wine grape variety in the production of several varietal wines.

The wines prepared out of this red wine grape variety mainly come from the region of Alentejo. These wines so produced are considered to be rich, bold as well the wines produced in the New World styles.

This red wine grape variety is also grown in the region of Douro, where it is referred to as Tinta Lameira.

The principal use of this red wine grape variety particularly in the region of Douro is in the preparation of amazing Port wines.

This grape variety is not one of the five grape varieties that are preferred for the use of Port wines and therefore the plantings of this red wine grape variety are relatively few as well as far between, specifically when compared to the major favorite Port wines such as Tinta Roriz as well as Touriga Franca.

Although a majority of the plantings of this red wine grape variety is found in the region of Alentejo as well as Douro, this grape variety is not specifically restricted to these two regions.

The recent studies of the ampelographers have proved that the plantings of this red wine grape variety are also found in the regions of Somontano in north-eastern Spain.

Wine grape varieties

Unfortunately, the importance of this red wine grape variety in the region of Somontano has declined miserably and today this grape variety is not found in abundance as it used to be in the early times.

This red wine grape variety is considered to be a low yielding variety of red wine grape. The berries of this red wine grape variety are small to medium as to their size.

These berries together form bunches that are moderately compact. This red wine grape variety is mainly concerned with the production of blending wines, though it is also used in the preparation of varietal wines.

The examples of the blends under which the use of this red wine grape variety is made are Tempranillo and Moristel.

This red wine grape variety is addressed under a number of synonyms such as Carenisca, Monvedro, Negro, TintaCaiada, Bomvedro, False Carignan, OlhoBranco, Bonifaccencu, Bonvedro, Carcajolo, Preto Joao Medes, Torres de Algarve, TintaLameira, Tintorro, Lambrusco de Alentejo, Monvedro de Sinces, Perrel, PretoFoz, TintaGrossa, Carcajalo Nero, Espagnin Noir and many others.

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The origin of this red wine grape variety is considered as very uncertain in nature. Some of the reports and studies claim that this red wine grape variety has hailed from the regions of Portugal since it has been used in the preparation of Port wines from a very long time.

On the very contrary, other studies claim that this red wine grape variety has been originated in the region of Somontano.

Thus, the origin of this red wine grape variety has always been a matter of confusion among the people.


The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are intense as to their appearance. These wines look beautiful and elegant when poured into the glass.

The wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are high in terms of their levels of phenol as well as acidity.

Also the content of alcohol present in the wines produced out of this grape variety is higher. These wines so produced are mostly noted and recognized for their amazing aromatic flavors.

Food pairing

All the wines produced out of this red wine grape variety are best paired with the food items such as Cozido a Potruguesa, Wild boar ragu with pappardelle, smoked vegetables as well as white cheese. These wines also taste with the ingredients that include spices.


Michael Bredahl

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