Terrantez is a white Portuguese grape variety with a long history dating back to the 1700s. It is mostly found in the Madeira region, where it is exclusively used to make some of the world's most famous fortified wines.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Terrantez grapes are small and pale-green in colour. They have a unique aroma, with notes of lemon zest, dry fruits, and nuts. On the palate, Terrantez wines offer a balanced combination of sweetness, acidity, and tannin.

Fresh Terrantez grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Terrantez is primarily grown in the island of Madeira, although it is also found in small amounts in other regions of Portugal. It is usually blended with other local grape varieties, such as Sercial, Verdelho, and Bual. Due to the island's unique climate, Terrantez grapes are very resistant to disease and thrive in hot, dry conditions. Winemakers typically harvest the grapes late in the season, and the wines are aged for at least three years in oak barrels before release. Terrantez is used exclusive to produce Madeira Terrantez wines, which Terrantez grapes must account for at least 85 percent of the blend. It is a traditional style off-dry Madeira wine, with delightful citrus, zesty and nutty notes. Terrantez Madeira wines are best served with rich, savoury dishes, such as roast pork, grilled seafood, and aged cheeses. They are also a great match for desserts, especially those made with nuts and dried fruits.

Foods to pair with Terrantez:

Asian food
Deep fried
Light meat
Fun Fact about Terrantez
Terrantez grapes are said to have been brought to the island of Madeira by the explorer Christopher Columbus, who gave them to the island's governor as a gift.

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