The Blauer Portugieser is identical with the Português Azul, but probably originates in Austria. Most of its plantings can be found in Niederösterreich (Lower Austria).

Origin

probably Austria

Parentage

Probably crossing between Sbulzina x Sylvaner

Vineyard area

522.14 ha; 1.2%

A picture shows grapes of the grape variety Blauer Portugieser
© Austrian Wine / Oberleitner

Parentage: The Blauer Portugieser is identical with the variety Português Azul in Portugal.

Vineyard area: Grows mainly in Niederösterreich, but is declining in significance. Its growth area decreased between 1999 and 2020.

Important ampelographic features:
Leaf: circular, with five to seven lobes.
Grape cluster: medium-sized; compact berries; conical, shouldered, sometimes with small wings; oval grapes with blueish-black colour.

Ripening time: early- to mid-season

Significance, conditions: The Blauer Portugieser is important in the Thermenregion and the northwestern Weinviertel. Its susceptibility to winter frost, Botrytis, oidium and peronospora make production difficult.

Wine: Higher yields bring simple, neutral and light-coloured red wines that mature and age quickly. Good vintages and yield limitation allow Blauer Portugieser to deliver strong and extract-rich red wines.

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