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Tinta Francisca

Tinta Francisca is a lesser knwon Portuguese black grape variety that makes port.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Tinta Francisca is a black grape variety that is predominantly grown in the Douro region of Portugal. It produces wines that have aromas of ripe red and black fruits, such as blackberry and plum, as well as notes of spice, mocha and earth. On the palate, it is full-bodied and well-structured, with medium tannins and a long, spicy finish.

Fresh Tinta Francisca grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Tinta Francisca is primarily grown in Portugal. It is most commonly found in the Douro Valley, where it is used to make port wine. It is also grown in South Africa for port-style wine. Tinta Francisca is a low yielding grape variety. The thin skin makes it seceptible to powery mildew and botrytis rot. In the Douro Valley, Tinta Francisca is often blended with other native grape varieties such as Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca. The resulting wines are full-bodied and well-structured, with intense flavours of dark fruit and spice. Due to port wine's intense fruit flavours and luscious mouthfeel, it pairs well with aged cheeses and chocolate desserts.

Foods to pair with Tinta Francisca:

Asian food
Pizza
Beef
Game
Sausage
Smoky
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Tinta Francisca
The name Tinta Francisca means 'French black", which suggests the variety was introduced from France.

Top Wines with Tinta Francisca

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Niepoort Vintage Port is a highly sought-after fortified wine that showcases the expertise of a renowned producer. Hailing from the Douro Valley, this wine is crafted from grapes grown in exceptional vineyards. The unique terroir of the region, characterized by steep slopes and schist soils, imparts distinct flavors and complexity to the wine. The winemaking process involves traditional methods, including foot treading in granite lagares, to extract the finest qualities from the grapes. The resulting wine is known for its rich, full-bodied style, with intense fruit flavors, velvety tannins, and a long, lingering finish.
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The name Quinta da Manoella Vinhas Velhas 2017 highlights the vineyard's ancient vines, some over 100 years old, which consist of 30+ native grape varieties, adding complexity and stability to vintage quality. Similar to Pintas wines, the winemaking team ensures only the finest tannins make it into the wine by gently crushing hand-selected grapes. After fermentation, it undergoes malolactic fermentation and matures for 20 months in French oak. The 2017 Vinhas Velhas impresses with complex aromas of juicy plums, diverse spices, and mineral notes. These impressions continue on the palate with opulent tannins leading to a long, fresh finish. A true delight for any occasion!
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Luis Seabra Indie Xisto Tinto is a premium red wine produced by the renowned Portuguese winemaker Luis Seabra. This wine is made from grapes grown in the Douro Valley, a region known for its rugged terrain and unique soil composition. The vineyards are situated on steep slopes, which provide excellent drainage and exposure to the sun. The winemaking process involves minimal intervention, allowing the natural flavors and aromas of the grapes to shine through. The resulting wine is a complex and elegant blend of indigenous grape varieties, with notes of dark fruit, spice, and earthy undertones. This wine is a perfect example of the unique terroir of the Douro Valley and is sure to impress any wine enthusiast.
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